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Colombia makes largest ever cocaine seizure

Colombia makes largest ever cocaine seizure

Colombian authorities say they have made the biggest cocaine seizure in the country's history.

Colombia's National Police said 50 commandos backed by helicopters seized about eight tonnes of cocaine on a banana plantation in the north-western region 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 on Sunday congratulating police on what he called the largest cocaine seizure in the history of Colombia, a major producer of the narcotic.

Police said they have seized more than 86 tonnes in total so far this year.

Seizures of that size are rare but not unprecedented on a global scale. In March 2007, the US Coast Guard seized nearly 20 tonnes of cocaine found on a cargo ship heading from the Panama Canal to the Mexican port of Topolobampo.

Six years earlier, the Coast Guard found 13 tonnes of the drug aboard a Belize-flagged fishing boat that aroused suspicion while off the Mexican coast because it had no working fishing equipment and few fish.