Colombia, known as one of the active nation in combating illegal drugs in the world, has seizes largest stash of cocaine ever.
The Colombian Police have discovered 12 tonnes of cocaine in the largest single drug seizure in the country’s history.
According to local report, illegal drugs were found buried in four banana plantations in the northern part of the country, close to the routes utilized to smuggle cocaine to the United States.
Colombian leader Juan Manuel Santos said it was the “largest drugs haul in a single police operation.”
The report also said that the operation is part of an offensive against the powerful Gulf Clan, a drug trafficking gang.
Based on the local police report, the drug stash belonged to Dairo Úsuga, also known as Otoniel, leader of the Gulf Clan, one of Colombia’s most dangerous criminal organizations.
For years now, local authorities and other security forces have been trying to capture Otoniel, but they failed to get the target.
Furthermore, Colombian authority arrested four people in the single drug bust operation.
Meanwhile, the estimated value of the haul was around $360m (£275m).
According to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), 362 tonnes of cocaine has already confiscated by Colombian authorities this year alone and in 2016, 866 tons potential cocaine hydro chloride production.
The Gulf Clan emerged from the remnants of right-wing paramilitary groups that demobilized in 2006 following a government peace deal.
The government says more than 1,500 members of the gang have been arrested this year and its second-in-command has been killed.