In 2012 Colombia has broken drug seizure record
Headed for the United States
Police in Cartagena have seized 1.5 tons of cocaine in a container that was to be shipped to Honduras, en route to the US, local media sources reported Monday.
El Universal reported the driver of the truck, Alexander Valencia Enrique Navas, was arrested in the process of delivering the container to the city's maritime terminal, and is to be charged for drug trafficking and possession of narcotics.
The cocaine has an estimated value of $5 million, and has come on the heels of an announcement by President Juan Manuel Santos that 2012 has already witnessed the largest amount of drugs seized by police in the nation's history.
The 1.5 tons of cocaine seized by Colombian police on Monday in Cartagena was allegedly intended for the notorious Mexican drug cartel, "Los Zetas", reported local media on Tuesday.
"The initial investigation reveals that the cargo belonged to Los Urabeños and was being shipped to Los Zetas," said Colombia's Police Director General Jose Roberto Leon Riano.
The drugs were supposedly going to be shipped to Puerto Cortes in Honduras before arriving in Mexico.
The 1.5 tons were found in a truck in an undisclosed Cartagena maritime terminal. Upon opening the truck, narcotics agents reportedly discovered 60 rectangular packages marked with the 'Fox Sports' logo.
The estimated value of the drug seizure is $5 million.
Riano told loca media that this latest drug bust brings the "total amount of cocaine seized in 2012 to 185 tons, the largest amount seized in the past five years."
Sources: El Universal Colombia and Colombia Reports