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  • Police detained five people during the raid in the northern province of Antioquia.

    Police detained five people during the raid in the northern province of Antioquia. | Photo: Reuters

The drugs were stashed inside bananas as well as in other fruit.

Police in Colombia have seized seven tons of cocaine at a banana farm that belonged to the Golfo Clan crime gang.

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The haul, worth about US$200 million, was found in the northern province of Antioquia.

Five people were arrested in the operation, four men and one woman, and officers exchanged fire with members of the gang during the raid.

“The shipment was being guarded for transport later to Central America, with the United States as a final destination, camouflaged in legal shipments of banana and fruits,” the Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said .

The shipment belonged to the Golfo Clan, also known the Usuga Clan, the largest drug trafficking gang in the country. 

It is accused of operating routes in partnership with Mexican cartels and taking part in illegal gold mining.

"The cocaine was collected on a farm in the banana zone of Uraba, in bananas and other fruits, and was destined for Central America and the United States market," Villegas said.

"The cocaine was found on a farm in the banana zone of Uraba, in bananas and other fruits" Villegas said.

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Colombian authorities are investigating who owns the property.

The group said earlier this month that it would be willing to surrender to the government.

The Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has said the request is being examined but he will not negotiate with the group.

The Gulf Clan was born out of paramilitary groups demobilized in 2006 and once had around 4,000 members. Currently, it has about 1,800 members.


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