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Colombia navy says cocaine bust smaller than thought

Colombia navy says cocaine bust smaller than thought

The Colombian navy said Tuesday that a buried cache of cocaine found along the Pacific coast was much smaller than initially believed and not the largest drug haul in the nation's history, as officials first claimed.
On Monday, Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos said a 25-metric ton cache of cocaine worth upward of US$500 million was found buried in 1,000 packages near the town of Pizarro, 400 kilometers west of Bogota. He called the seizure the "biggest in the history of Colombia."
But the navy said Tuesday the amount of cocaine seized actually totaled 13.2 metric tons, attributing the discrepancy to miscalculations from an initial sight count.
The revised figure still makes the seizure the largest by Colombian authorities this year, but short of previous hauls. In May 2005 officials found 15 metric tons of cocaine in a wood-lined underground chamber in the jungle near the Pacific coast, described at the time as the country's largest drug seizure.
The navy explained in a statement Tuesday that drug traffickers typically assemble packages weighing between 20 and 25 kilograms. But the packages found Sunday were significantly smaller when weighed on Tuesday at a naval base several hundred kilometers north of the estuary where the stockpile was found.


Updated : 2021-07-30 14:49 GMT+08:00