BARRANQUILLA, Colombia – Colombian police seized 6.2 tons of cocaine in the Caribbean port of Barranquilla that were bound for Spain, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said Sunday.
The drugs, which were ready to be sent to the southern Spanish port of Algeciras, were seized on Saturday from the Clan del Golfo criminal group, the minister told reporters in Barranquilla, where on Sunday he presented the confiscated drug in conjunction with Police director Gen. Jorge Hernando Nieto.
Villegas said that the drug was found in a shipment of scrap metal and is the third-largest cocaine seizure made on the Colombian mainland.
“This was a local intelligence operation, whereby we have dealt a major blow to criminal organizations,” Villegas said, revealing that in the first three months of this year Colombian authorities have seized 103 tons of highly pure cocaine.
The minister added that the seizure was made after authorities captured the man known as “El Mocho,” whom he identified as an “important figure within the Clan del Golfo organization.”
Meanwhile, Gen. Nieto said that this “is a major blow to the criminal structures of organized bands, affecting the drug trafficking chain.”
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos congratulated the police on his Twitter account, saying that they had “seized six tons of cocaine at the port of Barranquilla. The shipment had Spain as its destination.”