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Colombian authorites arrest 8 gang members who smuggled 2 tons of cocaine into the U.S. monthly

April 11, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Colombian authorites arrest 8 gang members who smuggled 2 tons of cocaine into the U.S. monthly

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Authorities have detained eight members of a drug trafficking gang that smuggled up to two tons of cocaine into the United States monthly during an operation targeting four cities in Colombia; officials said Sunday.

Among those arrested included the gang’s unidentified leader, National Police Col. Gelber Cortes Rueda told reporters.

The raids targeted the drug traffickers located in the cities of Valledupar, Santa Marta, Riohacha, and Barranquilla, Cortes Rueda said.

Officials said the group’s operation utilized speedboats to smuggle up to two tons of cocaine every month into the United States from a staging point in Central America.

According to Cortes Rueda, the gang is believed to pay tax on every shipment of cocaine to Colombia’s biggest criminal organization, the Clan Usaga which formed following the 2006 demobilization of Colombian paramilitary groups.

In the past couple of months, police seized 528 kilos of the drug during operations conducted in Cartagena, Colombia, and Haiti that led to the eventual capture the suspects.

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