Colombia Seizes 12 Tons of Cocaine in Its Biggest-Ever Bust

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced on Wednesday the seizure of a 12-tonne cocaine load, a world record that is the world's premier drug producer worldwide, according to the UN.

"Thanks to a police operation with overseas intelligence, from friendly countries, the largest seizure in history was made", Santos said, according to Reuters.

The illegal armed group in return have opposed a peace process with the FARC, the former guerrilla group that used to control much of Colombia's coca fields.

The Clan of the Gulf is a paramilitary and drug trafficking group, NPR said.

Four hundred anti-narcotics officers seized the cocaine in four simultaneous operations at Colombian farms where the drugs were buried underground and covered with banana leaves.

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For those playing at home, that equates to a staggering $360 million United States dollars or £274 million street value.

This haul reportedly belonged to Dairo Úsuga, the leader of the powerful Gulf Clan, which said in September that it is ready to submit itself to justice.

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

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.

Earlier this year, a report from the U.N.'s Office on Drugs and Crimes found the country's coca cultivation areas increased by more than 50 percent from 2015 to 2016.

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