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Cocaine shipped in asphalt, Colombian officials say

BOGOTA, Colombia – Colombian officials said tests reveal a seized shipment of asphalt turned out to be expertly disguised cocaine.

Gen. Ricardo Restrepo said in a press conference Saturday that officials are still trying to determine how the cocaine was mixed with the asphalt. He said the process required “very expert” knowledge.

Police last month seized the shipment of 12 sacks of what appeared to be asphalt on a road leading to the city of Maicao, 480 miles northeast of the capital of Bogota.

The first tests failed to determine what the material was, but subsequent tests determined the small black rocks in the shipment were nearly 700 pounds of cocaine.

Colombian authorities have in the past found cocaine hidden in creative ways, including mixed with coffee and stashed inside lemons and bananas.


 

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Trump administration pulls U.S. out of UN human rights council

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