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Colombian navy seizes more than 5 tons of cocaine on ship

08 April 2015, 11:47

Bogota - Navy officials in Colombia say they have seized 5.2 tons of cocaine on a ship off the country's Pacific Coast.

A navy statement issued on Tuesday calls it the largest cocaine seizure in Colombia's Pacific region in the past two years and says US Drug Enforcement Administration agents participated in the operation. The navy estimates the cocaine seized was worth more than $142m on the international black market.

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The statement says the boat was seized 305km from the port of Tumaco in Narino province. The merchant ship's 14 crew members were arrested.

So far this year, Colombia's navy has seized 22.8 tons of cocaine.

- AP


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