Colombia police said Wednesday they have seized more than four tons of marijuana in the southwest of the country.
The drugs allegedly belonged to the “Rastrojos” drug gang and was meant for the black market in the the Valle del Cauca department and had come from the village of El Palo in the more southern Cauca department.
The marijuana was found Tuesday when police intercepted a truck on the highway between Cali and Pereira. The two men driving the truck escaped.
According to the police the drugs have a street value of $5.5 million.
The Rastrojos is one Colombia’s most powerful drug trafficking organizations and primarily active in the southwest of the country. The group was formed by former members of the now-defunct Norte del Valle cartel and expanded by the inclusion of demobilized members of paramilitary organization AUC and new recruits.