Colombia is one of (if not the) premier cocaine manufacturer and distributor in the world. It’s been that way for years. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime found that the country produces around 300 tons of cocaine annually. Last year, it is reported that authorities confiscated some 166 tons in raids. However, one of the nation’s criminal outfits took quite a blow as police seized 3.3 tons of cocaine in an offensive against them.
On Tuesday, police seized the cocaine in the jungle region of Colombia that borders Panama. The drugs are said to belong to the Usuga Clan of Colombia and is worth a reported $90 million. The shipment was believed to be intended for a Mexico destination. This follows a 3 ton seizure of cocaine last week in port terminal in popular tourist destination, Cartagena. That was also believed to be headed to Mexico.
The Usuga Clan reportedly is 2,000 deep, making them the nation’s largest criminal organization. They traffic drugs heavily, but have also said to be involved in illegal mining. Authorities are offering $600,000 to anyone who can provide information on the gang’s leader.
According to Canoe:
Many crime gangs are comprised of ex-members of paramilitary groups who officially demobilized nearly a decade ago.
Marxist rebels also reap hefty profits. Cocaine and other drugs are some of the principal sources of financing for groups fighting in the country’s 50-year armed conflict, which has killed over 200,000 people.
The northeast area of Colombia where the cocaine was seized is said to be an important strategic area for the underworld for the trafficking of drugs and guns.