How Colombia’s Largest Coke Bust Will Affect Supply Worldwide

This article originally appeared on VICE UK.

On Wednesday, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos announced that his country’s police force had seized 12 tons of cocaine—supposedly the most ever confiscated in one sitting in the history of the country.

Police say the drugs belonged to the elusive Dario Antonio Usuga, a.k.a. “Otoniel”—head of the Gulf Clan, Colombia’s most powerful trafficking gang—and that they were discovered underground at four farms in the northwestern department of Antioquia, which was once home to Pablo Escobar’s Medellín cartel. Santos remarked that, with this haul included, Colombian police have now seized 362 tons of coke so far this year, already beating 2016’s total of 317 tons.

So: good news for the Colombian police’s PR department. But what does it mean, realistically, for cocaine consumers worldwide?

Well, there are 907,185 grams in a US ton, meaning—thanks to this seizure—10,886,220 grams won’t be leaving Colombian soil, bound

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