Colombian police this week found nearly 3,000 pounds of cocaine formed to resemble potatoes and yucca in a container bound for European ports. pic.twitter.com/MY909f0iHy
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According to reports from the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, Columbia is solely responsible for producing roughly 90% of the cocaine that makes its way, stateside. The cutthroat nature of the business has been glorified by critically acclaimed television shows such as Narcos on Netflix, but the fact of the matter is the United States and several European countries have been working with government officials in Columbia in an effort to fight its war on drugs for over 50 years. One of the main reasons why Columbian drug traffickers have remained so steadfast in their productiveness and profitability is their legendary innovativeness.
This week, traffickers in Columbia nearly pulled off another unorthodox scheme when they attempted to transport cocaine disguised as potatoes in a shipment destined for Spain. But the shipment, from a port city called Cartenga, garnered unwanted attention from the Ministry of National Defense of Columbia because the packaging didn’t have any expiration dates listed. Columbian Law enforcement officials swooped in shortly thereafter and uncovered a box that contained ready-to-fry yellow potatoes full of cocaine. In a move that the cops deemed as “one of the most innovative tricks to drug trafficking in years,” traffickers used hydraulic presses to shape the drugs before preparing them to be shipped. Needless to say, the plan fell short and law enforcement ended up finding 1,300kg of cocaine.
There is no word on whether or not any arrests have been made in relation to this shocking discovery. For more on this story, click the link below.
Source: ABC 7