Colombia seizes 12 tons of cocaine, its largest haul yet


Police seized more than 12 tons of cocaine from Colombia's top crime gang on Wednesday, the biggest haul ever in the nation's long-running fight against drug trafficking, President Juan Manuel Santos said. Police estimated the cost of the shipment on the worldwide market could reach 360 million dollars (310 million euros). The cocaine was found underground on four farms.

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos looks on after the seizure of more than 12 tons of cocaine in Apartado, Colombia November 8, 2017.

The United Nations and the White House say coca and cocaine production surged a year ago in Colombia. Police said that four people were arrested in the operations.

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The scale of the seizure is huge. This was reported in the press service of the Colombian police.

The official tally of the seizure changed on Thursday. According to the Tracking Terrorism site, the group "has been a long-time rival of both Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional (ELN)".

Santos linked the cocaine to the drug-trafficking gang known as the Gulf Clan, which has become one of the biggest threats to security since peace was signed past year with Marxist-led Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas.

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According to the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Colombia has an output of about 910 tons a year of cocaine - making it one of the world's biggest producers.

Citing the United Nations organization, Colombia Reports notes, Colombian coca farmers grew enough coca to produce more than 850 tons of cocaine in 2016.

Colombia has seen a large spike in its cocaine production as a peace process has taken hold in recent years.

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