Colombian authorities on June 9 announced that they have seized 5 tons of cocaine headed for Turkey.
The seized cocaine was worth about $265 million, Colombian Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said in a tweet.
¡Felicitaciones a la @PoliciaAntiNar por duro golpe contra el narcotráfico! En Buenaventura fueron incautadas 4,9 toneladas de cocaína que tenían como destino final Turquía, donde tendría un costo aproximado de 265 millones de dólares. @PoliciaColombia pic.twitter.com/zttgaBi8aZ— Carlos Holmes Trujillo (@CarlosHolmesTru) June 9, 2020
The drug was discovered by sniffer dogs inside two containers in the port of Buenaventura in the southwest of the country.
The seized cocaine is said to be Columbia's biggest drug bust since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic.
According to Colombian media outlets, police seized about 180 tons of cocaine in the first five months of this year. This is up 8 percent from the same period of 2019.