Three Tons of Cocaine Seized in Colombia
By Dialogo April 23, 2013
The Colombian Police seized three tons of cocaine valued at U.S. $75 million, found hidden in a ranch located in the northwest and presumably destined for Mexico, the organization reported on April 20.
The drugs were buried in a building located in the rural municipality of Turbo, Antioquia department, which was used by the paramilitary drug organization Los Urabeños as a “collection point.”
Colombian Police Chief, General José León, told the press that the cocaine, labeled with Los Urabeños’ logo, was to be sent to Mexico.
“Mexican drug cartels – particularly Los Zetas – would receive the cargo, with the United States as the final destination,” he added.
Los Urabeños, similar to other gangs, is a group involved in drug trafficking; it is composed of former members of the right-wing paramilitary group United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC in Spanish), who refused to join the demobilization process carried out between 2003 and 2006.
The ranch where the drugs were found is located near the Caribbean coast to facilitate their shipments. “The drugs were shipped at night on ‘go-fast’ speedboats,” the Police told the press.
It was also reported that, although no arrests were made during the operation, three rifles and plenty of ammunition were seized.
Colombia and Peru are the largest cocaine producers worldwide, with a production of 345 tons and 64,000 cultivated hectares of coca crops in 2011, according to the UN.