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Peru makes record cocaine haul

Published 01/09/2014 | 22:02

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Police stand guard over the seized cocaine Lima (AP)

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.

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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