Bolivian police have made the largest cocaine seizure in history, said Bolivian Government Minister Eduardo del Castillo. The drugs, totaling almost nine tons, were found in a truck transporting wood. The cocaine was supposed to go to the Netherlands. The Wall Street Journal writes that Bolivia is the third largest cocaine producer in the world, after Colombia and Peru.
“Today we are making history again,” a Bolivian politician wrote on the X website. “We are informing the Bolivian people and the international community of the seizure of 8.7 tons of cocaine,” Del Castillo wrote.
According to Bolivian media, the drugs were hidden in a truck that was stopped on a highway in the western part of the country. It transported 22 tons of wood. The investigation into this case has been ongoing for many months.
The AND radio website reports that the shipment was supposed to go to Panama and then be sent to the Netherlands. Four people were arrested on December 30 last year, but due to the interests of the investigation, the public was only informed about it now. The police do not rule out further arrests.
The street value of the seized cocaine is over half a billion euros.
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