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NEWS: Worlds Biggest Ever Cocaine Stash Confiscated In Colombia

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posted on May, 13 2005 @ 06:25 PM
13.8 tonnes of Cocaine valued at $US350 Million has been confiscated by Colombian Police after being discovered stashed on the jungle riverbanks of the river Mira in the southern Colombian port of Tumaco. The drugs are believed to belong to members of the outlawed paramilitary organization United Self Defences Forces of Colombia, a group that has killed thousands in a campaign against marxist rebels.
With a street value of about $US25,000 ($32,000) per kilogram in the United States, where police think the drugs were headed, the coc aine would sell for a total of about $US350 million.

"This is the biggest haul ever seized in the world in a single operation, in a single day and in a single place," the head of Colombia's national police, General Jorge Castro, told a news conference.

Armed agents made five arrests and seized nine assault rifles, communications equipment and eight boats in the operation.

The lawlessness caused by a four-decade-long guerrilla war has helped make Colombia the world's largest producer of the drug, with the US Government estimating the country's criminals produced about 430 tonnes in 2004.

But this is down from about 700 tonnes in 2001, thanks to a US-backed program of spraying illegal coca crops.

The paramilitaries probably bought the coc aine found on the River Mira from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, police said.

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Us congress is currently debating a Bush Administration request for 600 million dollars to aid Colombia in its anti coc aine battle but arguments have been made by some congressmen saying there is no evidence that the amount of coc aine has decreased on the US street market after more than 3 billion dollars in AID since 2000.

Both sides of the bloody conflict in Colombia use coc aine money to purchase weapons and the AUC often cooperates with the marxist rebels in the trade and export of coc aine.

[edit on 13-5-2005 by Mayet]

[edit on 13-5-2005 by Mayet]

posted on May, 13 2005 @ 06:36 PM
Wow! Colombia is spelled with an O, not a U.

Too bad these guys already paid the manufacturers... It would be nice to see the whole damn operation busted up for good - or at least broken up into tiny, warring, unorganized fragments, thereby driving up the price of this nasty freakin horrid drug.


posted on May, 14 2005 @ 12:01 PM
This is equal to 55,200,000 quarter grams, the smallest unit that coke gets broken down into. A typical "bindle" or wrapper for this amount is about half a square inch. If laid down side by side in one layer, this amount of cola would cover over 4.4 acres!
That is a lot of the white stuff, folks.

posted on May, 14 2005 @ 01:04 PM
wow this is going to felt, I wouldn't want to be the one explaining this loss, lol. Wow almost 14 tons.....

ps...Mayet u get my vote, great find.

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posted on May, 14 2005 @ 02:01 PM
Maybe its just my point of view but.....
I remember reading that more than 50% of the coke to enter ths US enters with the knowledge of the CIA...and with there blessing as there the paymasters...It pays for their "covert" operations as the budget for the CIA is small.....

[edit on 14-5-2005 by andy1972]

posted on May, 14 2005 @ 03:18 PM
Sounds like somebody didn't pay that protection money this month.

posted on May, 15 2005 @ 01:39 PM
Although that is a huge amount of coke, given the amount of money those guys haul in every day, I unfortunately don't think this will effect them greatly financially. This is still a great bust though.


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