Colombia seized record 378 tons of cocaine last year

CNBC-01Colombia’s armed forces seized a record 378.3 tons of cocaine in 2016, nearly 50 percent more than the year before, while murder were down by 4 percent, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said on Wednesday.

Homicides fell to 12,252 last year, Villegas told journalists, as the government signed a peace deal with the Marxist Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels. Attacks on infrastructure were also down.

Colombia, once infamous as the home of violent drug cartels, is one of the world’s top producers of cocaine. The United Nations has said the country could produce up to 646 tons of the narcotic each year.

Both leftist guerrilla groups and right-wing paramilitary gangs have filled their coffers with money from the drug trade. “In the fight against narcotics trafficking there has been more efficient and organized work by law enforcement, with more interdiction on our two oceans and more intelligence provided to other countries,” Villegas said. …

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