Colombia: Authorities seize 1.54 metric tons of cocaine

WMI | 8 February 2012

BOGOTÁ, Colombia – The Colombian Navy seized 1.54 metric tons (1.7 tons) of cocaine hidden in a rural forest area in the department of Nariño, near the Ecuadoran border, authorities said on Feb. 7.

Rodolfo Amaya Kerquelen, the navy’s regional commander, said the narcotics were found in the La Tolita sector of the La Tola municipality, near the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

The narcotics were packaged in 77 sacks, weighing a total of 1,548 kilos (3,413 pounds), with an estimated worth of US$38 million, he said.

The cocaine was produced by what seems to be a partnership between the Los Rastrojos criminal gang and members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) operating in the region.

Colombian authorities said the same partnership was involved in the explosive attacks that left 11 dead and dozens injured in Tumaco last week.

[EFE (Colombia), 07/02/2012; El Espectador (Colombia), 07/02/2012]

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