Huge drug bust nets tonnes of co­caine

Toronto Star - - WORLD -

Au­thor­i­ties in Colom­bia have seized about 11 tonnes of co­caine worth an es­ti­mated $360 mil­lion (U.S.) in what Pres­i­dent Juan Manuel San­tos is de­scrib­ing as the na­tion’s largest drug bust. Four hun­dred of­fi­cers seized the co­caine in four si­mul­ta­ne­ous op­er­a­tions at Colom­bian farms where the drugs were buried un­der­ground.

Of­fi­cials say the co­caine be­longed to the Clan del Golfo, an il­le­gal armed group that has sought to take over drug traf­fick­ing op­er­a­tions in zones pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Armed Forces of Colom­bia, or FARC. The rebels reached a peace agree­ment with the gov­ern­ment last year that in­cludes pro­vi­sions to re­duce coca pro­duc­tion

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