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Bolivian Police Seize 7.5 Tons of Cocaine

  • Reuters

An anti-narcotics police agent stands guards over a seized shipment of cocaine during a media presentation, at the police academy, in La Paz, Bolivia, Aug. 1, 2016.

An anti-narcotics police agent stands guards over a seized shipment of cocaine during a media presentation, at the police academy, in La Paz, Bolivia, Aug. 1, 2016.

Bolivian police have seized 7.5 tons of cocaine and arrested three Bolivians in a massive bust of drugs headed for Honduras and likely eventual sale in the United States, a government official said on Monday.

The haul, which was hidden in a cargo of minerals, would be worth over $160 million in Honduras and $350 million in the United States, Bolivian interior minister Carlos Romero said at a news conference.

Romero said the cocaine had been intercepted in trucks carrying borates along a remote mountain pass that connects Bolivia with Chile's sea ports.

In May, Colombian police confiscated 8 tons of cocaine, which officials described as one of the largest in the history of the country.

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