Colombia, US seize 7.5 tonnes of cocaine
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"During an operation by the Colombian national police and navy, in coordination with United States authorities, more than 7.5 tonnes of cocaine hydrochloride were seized from a Colombian-flagged boat near Panama," Colombia's Defense Ministry said in a press release.
The cargo, intercepted in international waters, allegedly belonged to Colombia's powerful Clan del Golfo cartel.
The cocaine, whose value was estimated at $286 million, was destined for the international market via Clan contacts in drug trafficking gangs in Central America and Europe.