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Colombia seizes 6.1 tonne cocaine haul

© Colombian National Police/AFP | This handout picture released by the Colombian Antinarcotics Police shows 6,184 kilos of cocaine -which was heading to the port of Algeciras, Spain- seized in Barranquilla, on April 2, 2017

BOGOTA (AFP) - 

Colombian authorities seized 6.1 tonnes of cocaine in the northern port city of Barranquilla as it was about to be shipped to Spain in a cargo of scrap metal, the government said Sunday.

The seizure Friday night was the third largest in Colombian history and had a street value of at 200 million euros (213 million dollars), officials said.

Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said the drugs belonged to the Gulf Clan, Colombia's largest organized crime group.

Anti-narcotics agents found the cocaine in a container loaded with scrap iron and steel destined for the Spanish port of Algeciras.

© 2017 AFP