Photo: Seized cocaine in Cartagena (El Tiempo)
In a new blow at the Los Urabaños crime gang in the port of Cartagena, Colombian police seized Saturday 800 kilos (1,760 pounds) of cocaine chlorohydrate of the highest purity that was being shipped to the Los Zetas cartel in Mexico by way of Honduras.
Anti-drug director Maj. Gen. Luis Alberto Perez Alvaran told a press conference that “the alkaloid was found thanks to greater controls in the port, which, based on its experience, decided to check all containers being shipped to Honduras.”
The 800 kilos (1,760 pounds) of cocaine chorohydrate would have an average commercial value abroad of $3.3 million.
This is the second confiscation in five days from the Cartagena gang after the 1,500 kilos (3,300 pounds) that were seized Dec. 17.
The drug was found Saturday in a container carrying agricultural insecticide on its way to Honduras and inside of which were 32 canvas bags containing rectangular plastic-lined packages of the drug.
Though no arrests were made in the operation, the Anti-Drug Force has launched the corresponding investigations to discover whatever contacts there might be among the criminal groups, in order to dismember any eventual network connected to Los Urabeños in the port of Cartagena.