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Police in Colombia and Mexico seize two tonnes of cocaine after it was dyed black and disguised as chemical for print cartridges

Mona, a Colombian drug-sniffer dog, stands guard next to packs of cocaine at the police building during a photo opportunity to the media in Bogota, Colombia September 7, 2015. REUTERS/ John Vizcaino
Mona, a Colombian drug-sniffer dog, stands guard next to packs of cocaine at the police building during a photo opportunity to the media in Bogota, Colombia September 7, 2015. REUTERS/ John Vizcaino
Colombian anti-narcotics police officers and a police dog stand guard next to packs of cocaine at the police building in Bogota, Colombia September 7, 2015. REUTERS/ John Vizcaino
Colombian anti-narcotics police officers film packs of cocaine at the police building in Bogota, Colombia September 7, 2015. REUTERS/ John Vizcaino
Colombia's police chief General Rodolfo Palomino (C) and police officers examine confiscated packs of cocaine at a police building in Bogota, Colombia, September 7, 2015. REUTERS/ John Vizcaino
Colombia's police chief General Rodolfo Palomino decorates Mona, a Colombian drug-sniffing dog, after it aided in the confiscation of packs of cocaine in Bogota, Colombia, September 7, 2015. REUTERS/ John Vizcaino
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Police in Colombia and Mexico have seized more than two tonnes of cocaine after a sniffer dog found part of the consignment dyed black and registered as an ingredient in print cartridges, Colombian police said on Monday.

The shipment, part of which was found in the cargo terminal of Bogota's international airport, was destined for the Mexican state of Sinaloa, home to a prolific drug cartel, Colombia's anti-narcotics unit said in a statement.

Colombian anti-narcotics policemen officers and a sniffer dog stand guard next to packs of cocaine at the police building in Bogota, Colombia September 7, 2015. REUTERS/ John Vizcaino
Colombian anti-narcotics policemen officers and a sniffer dog stand guard next to packs of cocaine at the police building in Bogota, Colombia September 7, 2015. REUTERS/ John Vizcaino

"Forty-eight boxes contained a black powder, registered as a chemical component used to load printer cartridges and photocopier toner," the statement said.

Lab tests later confirmed the haul in Bogota contained 1.07 tonnes of cocaine.

Mona, a Colombian drug-sniffing dog, inspects packs of cocaine at the police building during a photo opportunity to the media in Bogota, Colombia September 7, 2015. REUTERS/ John Vizcaino
Mona, a Colombian drug-sniffing dog, inspects packs of cocaine at the police building during a photo opportunity to the media in Bogota, Colombia September 7, 2015. REUTERS/ John Vizcaino

The Colombian police then alerted Mexican authorities to a similar air shipment which had left Bogota hours before, the statement added. Police at Mexico City's international airport found 961 kilograms of the dyed cocaine in the plane.

The drug was likely sent by a narcotics ring on Colombia's Atlantic coast, the police said.

Colombian authorities have seized 115 tonnes of cocaine in 2015. Some 300 tonnes are produced per year in the Andean country, long a hub for drug production and trafficking.

Reuters

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