Colombia is one of the biggest cocaine producers, distributing an estimated amount of 910 tons of cocaine per year. one of the largest cocaine busts in history took place on Thursday in Columbia consisting of a 12-ton repossession. Columbia has been fighting against drug trafficking for years and has bust over 360 million dollars in drugs that were stored underground on a banana farm in a province called Antioquia in the north west of the country, bordering Panama along the routes generally used to smuggle drugs to the US. The drugs were linked to a gang called the Gulf Clan.
The operation took 3 days to complete and led to 4 arrests. However, the Gulf Clan leader Dario Usuga was not captured and a reward of 5 million dollars is being offered for a lead to his location and activity.
The President of Columbia, Juan Santos, has been criticized for his lack of control over the law that allows new crime gangs to fill the space of the Farc guerrillas, an old rebel paramilitary gang that has been demobilised. But the president plans to send 80 000 military officials and police officers to investigate areas that were controlled by Farc in an effort to control the situation and prevent new gangs from taking over.
While this isn't the largest drug bust in history, it does go down as the largest drug bust in Columbian history. Police are still on a mad hunt for Usuga and are tightening their grip on the illegal drug trading industry.