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Policía Nacional de Colombia

Colombia Seizes 17,500 Pounds Of Cocaine In Major Drug Bust

This was a big grab for authorities, and not just because of its size.

By Ryan Biek | May 16, 2016

Colombian police pulled off a major drug bust Sunday. 

When commandos and Black Hawk helicopters raided a banana plantation in the northern region of the country, they bagged 8.8 tons — more than 17,500 pounds — of cocaine. 

This was a big grab for authorities, and not just because of its size. The drugs belonged to the country's largest narcotrafficking group — Clan Úsuga — which smuggles large amounts of cocaine from Colombia to Central America, then to the U.S. 

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For Úsuga, the hits just keep on coming. Police snagged a ton and a half of their cocaine just two days before Sunday's raid and killed one of their leaders in March. 

At least three people were arrested in the latest drug bust. 

This video includes clips and images from Policía Nacional de Colombia and Ministerio de Defensa Nacional and images from Twitter / @JuanManSantosTwitter / @GeneralNietoR and Twitter / @generalrestrepo.

Correction: A previous version of this video called Sunday's drug seizure the biggest in Colombia's history, but Colombian police have made some even bigger seizures in the past. This video has been updated.

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