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Tuesday, May 1, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the BBC: Colombia cuts drugs haul figure

The authorities in Colombia have revised the total of drugs seized in a haul on Monday from around 25 tonnes of cocaine to just over 13 tonnes.

It was found buried in 1,000 separate packages near the town of Pizarro, west of the capital, Bogota, buried in an estuary accessible only by sea.

Ok, less than originally reported, but as I have been known to say in these instances: that’s still a lot of blow.

Defence Minister Juan Manuel Santos had said on Monday the haul was the “biggest in the history of Colombia”.

No explanation has been given for the sharp downward revision of the weight.

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1 Comment

  1. The reason was that they counted the initial number of packets (about 1,000) and multiplied by the standard weight of the packets (about 20 kilos). Turns out that the packets weighed significantly less than standard (only about 11-14 kilos each).

    As you said, still a lot of blow. The altered weight also tells us something about the traffickers adjusting their methods.

    Comment by boz — Wednesday, May 2, 2007 @ 6:46 am

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