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Colombia Seizes Ton of Cocaine from 'Loco Barrera'

COLOMBIA / 31 AUG 2011 BY JEANNA CULLINAN EN

Colombian anti-narcotics police found a ton of cocaine on a ranch in the Pacific Valle del Cauca province belonging to Daniel Barrera, alias "El Loco," one of the country's biggest drug lords.

The cocaine, worth some $25 million, according to police, was found in a farm in the municipality of Obando.

Authorities said the drugs were intended for shipment to Central America and the U.S. via planes that would take off from illegal landing strips in the area.

Authorities also confiscated over 500 gallons of aviation fuel in the raid.

Police discovered the cocaine in an underground cache, along with a variety of firearms. Although the operation took place in an area dominated by the criminal gang the Rastrojos, authorities said that the cocaine belongs to Daniel "El Loco" Barrera, one of Colombia’s most powerful drug traffickers.

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