Colombian authorities seize over six tons of cocaine

The cocaine was seized in an operation in the rural municipality of Samaniego in Colombia's Narino province, close to the Pacific coast.

Despite decades fighting drug trafficking, Colombia remains one of the world's top producers of cocaine and faces constant pressure from the United States to reduce crops and production of the drug which has long financed Colombia's internal armed conflict.

The area occupied by coca crops - the chief ingredient in cocaine - in Colombia expanded to 245,000 hectares, or 605,408 acres, at the end of 2020, and cocaine production capacity rose to 1,010 metric tons a year, the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) said last week.

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