Bolivia seizes 7.5 tonnes of cocaine worth over $350 million

Author: REUTERS
Confiscated bags of cocaine at the police headquarters in La Paz, Bolivia
Confiscated bags of cocaine at the police headquarters in La Paz, Bolivia

Bolivian police have seized 7.5 tonnes 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 tonnes of cocaine, which officials described as one of the largest in the history of the country.