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Cocaine destined for Caribbean seized

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Colombian authorities said they've made the biggest cocaine seizure in the history of a country long plagued by traffic in the drug.

The National Police agency said on the weekend that 50 commandos backed by helicopters seized about eight tons of cocaine on a banana plantation in the northwestern department of Antioquia.

It said the drug belonged to a gang known as the Clan Usuaga and was apparently destined for the Caribbean and then to the United States.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos sent a tweet congratulating police on what he called the largest cocaine seizure in the history of Colombia, one of the world's largest producers of the narcotic. Colombian police said they've seized more than 86 tons in all so far this year.