HomeNewsBriefColombia Cocaine Seizure not 12 tons, Just 16 Kilos
BRIEF

Colombia Cocaine Seizure not 12 tons, Just 16 Kilos

COLOMBIA / 7 JUL 2011 BY JEN SOKATCH EN

After having announced, amid much fanfare, the record seizure of 12 tons of cocaine in May, Colombian authorities now admit that after careful analysis the real amount of cocaine found in a container in the port of Cartagena was only 16 kilos.

In May, the Colombian navy seized a shipment of cocaine bound for Mexico mixed in with blocks of brown sugar, as reported by Insight Crime.   

“Either way, 16 kilos of cocaine is not a negligible amount,” said Admiral Alvaro Echandia, commander of the Colombian Navy,  “that is many doses of cocaine that could have ended up in the United States.”

However the claims cast further doubt on often inflated figures for seized cocaine.  In the past the Colombian authorities have claimed to seize almost the same amount of cocaine that the UN figures state that the country produces in any one year.  One or both of them have the numbers wrong.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Tags

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

COLOMBIA / 24 APR 2015

Authorities in Colombia have captured the leaders of a network that allegedly trafficked cocaine via plane for criminal organization the…

COLOMBIA / 15 APR 2016

Colombia's defense minister recently said that the criminal groups descended from right-wing paramilitary organizations should expect no formal demobilization process,…

COCAINE / 6 JUL 2018

The growing role of Guayaquil, Ecuador as a hub for international cocaine trafficking reflects the changing dynamics of the Colombia-Ecuador…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

THE ORGANIZATION

Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

THE ORGANIZATION

Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.

THE ORGANIZATION

Series on Environmental Crime in the Amazon Generates Headlines

17 SEP 2021

InSight Crime and the Igarapé Institute have been delighted at the response to our joint investigation into environmental crimes in the Colombian Amazon. Coverage of our chapters dedicated to illegal mining…