THE LATEST method of transporting drugs to Panama was discovered by the Colombian Police on Tuesday Nov 15.
Police units captured a drone used by drug traffickers to send small cargoes of cocaine from a jungle region to Panama.
It was discovered in an anti-drug operation near the town of Bahía Solano, in the jungle department of El Chocó.
The investigators seized 130 kilos of cocaine that were buried on the beach near the village of Bahía Solano, along with the parts of an aircraft, which were ready to be assembled, said, regional police commander General Jose Acevedo.
“The drone was used to carry the cocaine to Panama, it had the capacity to transport 10 kilos on each trip and to cover a distance of 100 kilometers,” said the official.
Colombia is one of the world’s leading producers of cocaine.
It has the capacity to manufacture 646 metric tons annually of the drug, according to the United Nations, the majority of which is exported to the United States and Europe by different routes, including the countries of Central America.
Acevedo said the drug they seized belonged to the Gulf Clan, considered Colombia’s largest criminal gang dedicated to drug trafficking, illegal mining and considered as one of the main threats to Colombia’s security.
The drug traffickers have used cans of food, handicrafts, agricultural products and even “mules” who ingest the drug in latex bags and then expel them.