2.5 Tons of Cocaine Seized in Colombian Pacific

By Dialogo
February 09, 2012

In two separate operations along the Pacific coast, Colombian Military personnel seized more than 2.5 tons of cocaine believed to belong to a criminal gang and to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group, according to the country’s Navy on February 7.

The first seizure took place in a rural area of the municipality of La Tola, in the department of Nariño, where two caches were found containing “1,548 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride,” the Military branch explained.

The contraband, worth more than 38 million dollars, “was part of an alliance between the criminal gang “Los Rastrojos” [The Stubble] and the FARC’s financial structures,” the Navy added.

In another operation, Coast Guard personnel intercepted a vessel transporting 1,017 kilograms of cocaine in Colombian Pacific waters.

The vessel was crewed by four men, who jumped overboard upon realizing that they had been discovered, but who were subsequently rescued by the Coast Guard personnel and transferred to the nearby port of Buenaventura, in the department of Valle del Cauca.

The drug shipment, which had been loaded onto the vessel in the neighboring department of Chocó and was apparently destined for Central America, was estimated to be worth 25 million dollars, and belonged to the FARC’s Front 30, according to the Navy.