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Published On: Mon, Apr 3rd, 2017

Mega Bust: Colombian Police Seized 6 Tons of Cocaine

nsnbc : Colombian police reported the seizure of 6 metric tons of cocaine with an estimated value of $213 million. President Juan manuel Santos linked the drugs to the right-wing neo-paramilitary group AGC also known as Los Urabenos. The drugs were reportedly on designated for shipment to Spain.

Cocaine bust_Colombia_Apr 2017Colombia’s National Police announce the mega bust via Twitter and reported that the 6 metric tons of cocaine had been confiscated in the Caribbean port city of Barranquilla; The largest port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.

Police added that the shipment was headed for Spain. It is likely that the shipment would have been for both the domestic Spanish as well as for the European market. President Juan Manuel Santos commented on the bust stating that the cocaine belonged to the neo-paramilitary AGC a.k.a. Los Urabenos.

Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas held a press conference in Barranquilla and stated that the AGC had associated with “other organizations operating in the north and east of the country” for this shipment. In a country with a downscaled but still ongoing civil war a shipment worth $213 million has – obviously – defense implications.

The drug bust was made during an operation Friday night. It was carried out by counter-narcotics agents who have been monitoring the port. Police agents reportedly discovered a container with 20 pallets with boxes full of scrap metal together with rectangular packets that turned out to contain cocaine.

Police noted that the AGC already had made several such deliveries to Europe via a front company but without drugs. The statement suggests that the front company has been monitored for some time.

The right-wing neo-paramilitary Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (a.k.a. AGC or Los Urabenos), is the country’s No.1 drug trafficking organization and deemed a Class A Organized Armed Group by the government.

The organization was established in  in 2006 by dissident AUC mid-level commander “Don Mario,” who abandoned a demobilization, disarmament and reintegration process with his former group reportedly at the orders of AUC co-founder “Vicente Castaño.” The AGC has since then seized control of major drug routes along Colombia’s Caribbean and Pacific coast lines.

CH/L – nsnbc 03.04.2017

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