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Colombia’s cocaine seizures increase by 52% this year

The cocaine seized by the Colombian government so far this year has seen a 52 percent rise over the same period last year, said police source Sunday at the Caribbean Port of Barranquilla.

(Soundbite) Ricardo Restrepo Londono,
Director of the Anti-Narcotics Police Department
“About the seizures of cocaine, Colombia sees an increase of 52 percent over last year. For this year so far, we seized 81.4 tons of cocaine, over 53.7 tons during the same period last year. This actually shows that we have not lowered our guard and will not lower. These problems are being analyzed and surely will be solved. ”

Almost 800 people have been arrested this year in drug-related cases, with over 600 of them Colombian nationals, 124 foreigners and 20 seeking for extradition, said the general.

He disclosed the figures while displaying some 346 kilograms of cocaine worth 10.9 million U.S. dollars discovered in containers of merchandise destined for the Dominican Republic.
(Soundbite) Ricardo Restrepo Londono,
Director of the Anti-Narcotics Police Department
“This is a criminal activity that handles rivers of money and makes criminal alliances to generate profits.”

The next step for the Colombian authorities is to investigate the alliances of criminal groups, which more often find new ways to ship the drugs abroad, according to the general.

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