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  1. Balzafire
    Colombian security forces seize massive cocaine haul

    The Colombian security forces say they have seized a massive haul of cocaine in the port city of Cartagena.

    Sniffer dogs found more than 12 tonnes of the drug hidden in a shipment of brown sugar destined for Mexico.

    It is believed to belong to one of Colombia's most powerful drug gangs, the Rastrojos.

    The Colombian government recently declared criminal gangs its new enemy and promised to devote more resources to the fight against them.

    Sniffer dogs checking a ship bound for Mexico alerted their handlers to the presence of drugs in the hull of the vessel.

    Laboratory tests revealed a large shipment of brown sugar had been laced with cocaine.

    Investigative teams are still testing the 33,450 units of 500g of sugar to determine the exact concentration of cocaine, but officials say it already amounts to more than 12 tonnes of the drug.

    It is one of largest hauls of cocaine seized in Colombia over the past years.

    'New enemy'

    Police said it came from the Valle del Cauca region, in the south-west of Colombia.

    The area is the stronghold of the Rastrojos, a drug gang which exports large amounts of cocaine to Central America and Mexico.

    In January, Defence Minister Rodrigo Rivera told Colombian news magazine Semana drug gangs were increasingly taking control of drug-trafficking networks from Colombia's left-wing Farc guerrillas.

    23 May 2011


  1. torachi
    At least 12 tons of cocaine were seized on Monday in northern Colombia's historic port of Cartagena, the National Navy said in a statement.

    The drugs were all bound for the Mexican state of Veracruz on the Gulf Coast and were hidden in 33,450 units of the normal size of a type of brown sugar known as panela, the navy said, adding that each package of approximately 500 grams originated from the southern province of Valle del Cauca, Xinhua reported.

    "Specially trained narcotics police dogs detected the presence of the hallucinogenic substance in the container of a product derived from sugar cane know as panela," said the statement, adding that members of the Technical Investigation Corps (CTI) are continuing investigations into the details of the concentration of the drug.

    No suspects were detailed in the operation, which was carried out during the day by members of the Colombian Police and Colombian authorities did not identify any immediate suspects.

    Colombian police have seized over 81 tons of narcotics so far this year including 64 tons of marijuana, 11 tons of cocaine and six tons of coca base.

    24.05.2011 05:26

  2. Ghetto_Chem
    Lol since when has cocaine been a hallucinogenic substance? Maybe after two to three days ;)

  3. jon-q
    Colombian navy 'miscalculated size of cocaine haul'

    The Colombian navy says it miscalculated the amount of cocaine it found in the port city of Cartagena in May, believed at the time to have been one of the biggest seizures ever.

    Head of the navy Alvaro Echandia said testing had revealed only 16kg (35lb) hidden in a shipment of brown sugar.

    Originally, the navy had estimated the cocaine seizure at 12 tonnes.

    Initial tests had shown a high drug concentration in the sugar, which later tests did not bear out, he said.

    But Adm Echandia said the navy was still satisfied with the seizure.

    On 23 May, sniffer dogs had alerted their handlers to the presence of the drug in a shipment of 33,000 packs of brown sugar destined for Veracruz, Mexico.

    Adm Echandia said first tests on the sugar revealed a cocaine concentration of around 70%, which led the navy to estimate the total amount of the drug shipment at 12 tonnes.

    The admiral said 25,106 packs of sugar had been laced with cocaine.

    But subsequent tests revealed a much lower drug concentration, bringing the total to only 16.2kg (35lb).

    BBC News 7th July 2011
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