Colombian Police Seize 1.5 Tons of Cocaine Headed for the U.S.
By Dialogo January 05, 2011
Colombian police discovered 1.5 tons of cocaine hidden in the ceiling of a container carrying dog food, headed for the United States on a ship with planned stops in Honduras and the Dominican Republic, the agency’s director indicated.
“The drugs were camouflaged in the ceiling of a container that was carrying dog food and that was supposed to depart for Honduras from the Muelle del Bosque in Cartagena, with a stop in the Dominican Republic, and from there, head to the United States,” Gen. Oscar Naranjo indicated to reporters.
According to the police commander, the contraband found has an approximate value of 45 million dollars on the U.S. market and is believed to belong to the ‘Urabeños’ drug-trafficking gang, a group that split off from extreme right-wing paramilitary squads that demobilized.
According to Naranjo, the drugs were packed in 753 rectangular bricks weighing approximately two kilos each, and their packaging was painted with the image of a scorpion and the initials L and R, a symbol typically used by the leaders of the Urabeños, the Usuga David brothers.
These are the first drugs found by the Colombian police in 2011. In 2010, more than three hundred tons of illicit drugs were seized, distributed as follows: cocaine, 73.6 tons; coca paste and basuco (made from byproducts of cocaine production), 32.5 tons; marijuana, 222.7 tons; and heroin, 290 kilos.