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Colombia makes biggest cocaine bust ever

Melinda Barton | 09 November, 2017, 21:23

Authorities in Colombia say they just made the biggest drug bust in the country's history. Santos, who received a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end Colombia's civil war, said the drugs belonged to Clan del Golfo, a drug-trafficking neo-paramilitary group who has taken over former zones of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

The Colombian National Police announced Wednesday officers seized more than 12 tons of cocaine.

Police said they found the cocaine hidden underground on four banana plantations in Antioquia. Police estimated the value of the seized cocaine around $360 million. Police are still on the hunt for the clan's leader, Dario Usuga.

The United States has offered a reward up to $4.9 million for information leading to his capture or death.

The government has arrested over 1,500 members of the group this year and its second-in-command has been killed, according to the BBC.

Law enforcement during the RAID, "Agamemnon II" confiscated in Apartado in Northwest Colombia's largest-ever shipment of cocaine weighing 12 tons.

This organization measured some 4,000 members, but after the on-going assault against the government, it is estimated that it now has about 1,800 men, according to the defense ministry.With about 1,460,000 acres of land being used to produce, the cocaine-based plant, Colombia was ranked the world's largest producer and exporter of this drug in 2016 (886 tonnes), most recently United Nations data.