Colombian police seized a shipment of black cocaine that is almost
impossible to detect with traditional anti-trafficking methods,
regional police chief Fabio Cardona said.
“It’s the first time we have encountered this type of cocaine,”
Cardona said after reporting that 15 packets of the drug had been
discovered in the fuel tank of a car heading to the El Dorado airport
“It’s one of the many strategies of the traffickers” to evade authorities, said Cardona.
Black cocaine has no odor, making it extremely difficult to detect, even for well-trained drug-sniffing dogs.
15 drug packets, of undetermined weight, were only found to be cocaine
two days after their seizure, after police sent the stash to police
laboratories to investigate their chemical compound.
cocaine can often be smuggled undetected — disguised as plastic
coating, print cartridge toner, make-up or fertilizer — and
effectively washed out with a solvent upon delivery. (AFP)