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Colombia: Largest South American drug bust in nine years

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/11/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

SEVEN TONS of cocaine headed for Netherlands halted

It was by far the largest drug bust in all of South America in almost nine years: Colombian police intercepted SEVEN TONS of cocaine headed to the Dutch port of Rotterdam. The drugs had a street value of at least $250 million.

The drugs were discovered by the local authorities as the ship was about to disembark the port on the northern Caribbean coast for the Netherlands, camouflaged among pineapple pulp.

The drugs were discovered by the local authorities as the ship was about to disembark the port on the northern Caribbean coast for the Netherlands, camouflaged among pineapple pulp.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/11/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Colombia, cocaine, drug smuggling, Netherlands


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The cocaine was stashed in 6,900 tiny packages in a container. The drugs were stashed along with bottles of pineapple conserves.

Police officers stand guard over seized packages of cocaine displayed for the press at a police base

Police officers stand guard over seized packages of cocaine displayed for the press at a police base in the Caribbean seaport of Cartagena, Colombia on Thursday, April 10, 2014.


The packages containing the illicit cargo were stamped with logos such as "Yamaha" and "KIA" indicating the various criminal gangs behind the shipment.

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Largest seizure for 9 years: Members of the Colombian National Police present to the media the 7 ton

Largest seizure for 9 years: Members of the Colombian National Police present to the media the 7 tons of cocaine confiscated in a port of Cartagena, Colombia on Thursday.


Rodolfo Palomino, the head of Colombia's national police declared it the biggest narcotics seizure since 15 tons were found along the Pacific coast in 2005. Colombia has the dubious distinction as being one of the world's largest producers of cocaine.

Members of the Colombian National Police present to the media the 7 tons of cocaine confiscated in a

Members of the Colombian National Police present to the media the 7 tons of cocaine confiscated in a port of Cartagena, Colombia.


"Exceptional intelligence work by our public force . has made for one of the largest drug seizures in the history of Cartagena, where about seven tons of cocaine were seized, and this destabilizes the finances of criminal organizations," Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon declared.

The drugs were discovered by the local authorities as the ship was about to disembark the port on the northern Caribbean coast for the Netherlands, camouflaged among pineapple pulp.

The cocaine was bound for the Netherlands and was described by local authorities as the third bigges

The cocaine was bound for the Netherlands and was described by local authorities as the third biggest seizure of that drug in the past 13 years.


Colombian police have already seized a total of 25 tons of drugs this year. Forty-two kilos of drugs were intercepted on a container ship Cold Stream sailing under an Antillean flag this month alone.

The ship was coming from Costa Rica and was on its way to the southern Dutch port, Vlissingen.

In March, 240 kilos of cocaine on its way to Belgium was tracked down.

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