Colombia Seizes 12 Tons of Cocaine, the Biggest Bust in the Country's History


It's been more than twenty-three years since Pablo Escobar, the head of the ruthless Medellin cartel, was killed. Despite his absence, the drug trade is still prevalent in Colombia.

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On Wednesday, Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos announced that authorities seized 12 tons of cocaine worth around $360 million dollars. The drug bust, which is the biggest in the country's history, was found underground on four farms of the northwest Antioquia region, near the border with Panama. 

“Thanks to a police operation with overseas intelligence, from friendly countries, the largest seizure in history was made,” Santos said, according to Reuters. Santos, who received a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end Colombia's civil war, said the drugs belonged to Clan del Golfo, a drug-trafficking neo-paramilitary group who has taken over former zones of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

According to the police report, four people were arrested in relation to the raid, however, Dairo Antonio Usuga also known as Otoniel, the leader of the Gulf Clan is still wanted. The United States has offered $5 million for any information leading to the capture of Usuga. 

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Just last year, Colombian officials seized 8 tons of cocaine from drug gangs along the Panama border.