Colombia’s National Police seized a shipment of close to four tons of cocaine that allegedly belonged to the neo-paramilitary group, “Los Urabeños” and was intended for the notorious Mexican cartel, “Los Zetas.”
According to authorities, the seizure dealt a strong blow to the neo-paramilitary group’s financial structure.
“It is a forceful blow to Los Urabeños, who owned the 3,826 kilograms (8,434 pounds) of cocaine…[that] carried a value of $100 million, and was marked with their logo”, said the country’s director of police, General Jose Roberto Leon Riaño.
Taking advantage of a packaging method known as ‘flexitank,’ the “offenders based contaminated bags with cocaine…in…rectangular packages wrapped in plastic,” said the police director. Each flexitank was then placed on a scanner and the results showed asymmetrical figures that did not correspond to a liquid load.
“The drugs were gathered in the center of the country, the collection was [done in the region of] Uraba and then was sent to different ports for distribution…In this case, was the port of Veracruz, Mexico bound [for the] Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas,” said Leon Riaño.
It has been reported that Los Urabeños have been working with Los Zetas for some time. In December of 2012, police confiscated two shipments that were intended for the Mexican cartel.
In less than a month, Colombian authorities have seized more than six tons of cocaine that at one point belonged to Los Urabeños.