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Peruvian police seize 8.5 tons of cocaine in 'biggest ever haul'

Published 01/09/2014 | 22:18

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ADDS THE WORD "METRIC" TO TONS AND THE TONS EQUIVALENT -  Peru's Interior Minister Daniel Urresti talks with the press during the presentation of seized drugs at a police base in Lima, Peru, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. According to police, the packages are part of a 7.7 metric tons (8.5 tons) cocaine seizure made in the northern town of Trujillo on Aug. 26, and is the largest cocaine seizure in Peru's history. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Peru's Interior Minister Daniel Urresti talks with the press during the presentation of seized drugs at a police base in Lima, Peru, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
Blocks of seized cocaine are presented to the press at a police base in Lima, Peru, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
Blocks of seized cocaine are presented to the press at a police base in Lima, Peru, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
Police carry blocks of seized cocaine as they present it to the press at a police base in Lima, Peru, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
Police carry blocks of seized cocaine as they present it to the press at a police base in Lima, Peru, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Peruvian police have put on display what they call the largest cocaine haul ever in the South American nation.

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The 7.7 metric tons (8.5 tons) of cocaine were flown to the capital Lima on Monday after being seized in a raid last week.

Blocks of seized cocaine are presented to the press at a police base in Lima, Peru, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
Blocks of seized cocaine are presented to the press at a police base in Lima, Peru, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Officers wearing white jackets and surgical masks unloaded the boxes from a police transport plane at a Lima airport hangar.

Interior Minister Daniel Urresti showed the seizure from a stage, a banner behind him proclaiming "Historic Blow to Illegal Drug Trafficking."

Authorities found the plastic-wrapped cocaine bricks amid chunks of coal near the northern port of Trujillo. Six Peruvians and two Mexicans were arrested.

Police said the drugs had been destined for Spain and Belgium.

Since 2012, Peru has been the world's top producer of cocaine.

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