September 30, 2022
Elaborate sting targets Colombian drug gang, tonnes of cocaine seized

Italian police have seized 4.3 tonnes of cocaine with a street value of €240m, carrying out an elaborate sting against the Colombian Clan del Golfo drugs gang, investigators said today.

Magistrates said it was one of the largest such seizures in Europe and followed daring subterfuge by undercover agents, with Colombian authorities sequestering the cocaine before it left for Europe, without the dealers being aware their operation had been busted.

The drugs were then flown to Italy where undercover agents passed it on to awaiting Italian traffickers, who were subsequently arrested in possession of the banned narcotics.

“The purchasing organisations were different and did not know that the cocaine had already been seized, the producer in Colombia had already been paid and did not know about the seizure,” Colonel Leonardo Erre of the Trieste Guardia di Finanza police told a press conference today.

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