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BIGGEST-EVER COCAINE RAID IN COLOMBIA BAGS 13 TONS

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In three days of lightning raids on jungle drug labs and airstrips, soldiers seized more than 13 tons of cocaine in Colombia's biggest drug seizure ever, authorities said.

They said that in the series of raids, which ended over the weekend, troops found silos stuffed with cocaine awaiting shipment to the United States. One silo alone was said to contain 20,000 pounds of the drug.The raids in the sparsely populated southeastern state of Meta brought to 110,000 pounds the amount of cocaine seized by security forces in the past 16 months, authorities said.

They began Thursday, ended Saturday and netted 26,400 pounds of the drug, they said. The previous Colombian record was 22,000 pounds, or 11 tons, found in remote southern Colombia six years ago.