Colombia Seizes a Ton of Cocaine en Route to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel

Colombia Seizes a Ton of Cocaine en Route to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel

By Dialogo
August 14, 2012

Colombian police seized a ton of cocaine that was allegedly being sent to the Mexican Sinaloa cartel in Mexico, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, on a highway in the Antioquia Department (northwest), said the National Police on Aug. 11.

The cache of drugs, valued at $35 million, was found in 866 packages in a truck that was stopped at a police checkpoint on a road between the towns of Caldas and Versailles, according to a statement from the Anti-Narcotics Police.

The seizure was achieved thanks to information provided by an unidentified source. The driver of the vehicle was arrested in the operation and was brought to court on charges of trafficking, possession and sale of narcotics.

The drugs allegedly belonged to the “Office of Envigado,” which is one of the largest drug trafficking groups in Colombia, and was created in the 1980s by the now deceased drug lord Pablo Escobar.

On Aug. 8, Erikson Vargas (alias “Sebastian”), who heads the organization, was captured in a luxurious estate in the vicinity of Medellín (400 km northwest of Bogotá), and will be extradited to the United States.

Although Colombia has decreased almost half of its cocaine production and the expansion of its coca crops, it still leads the world production of this drug, with 345 tons of cocaine in 2011, according to UN figures.

“El Chapo” Guzman is considered the world’s most wanted drug trafficker and is ranked 55 in the list of the most powerful people in the world according to U.S. magazine Forbes.