Whoops: Columbian Drug War Flagship Was Carrying Cocaine

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Authorities in Bogota, Columbia, announced an embarrassing discovery: a large stash of cocaine and heroin on the naval warship that the visiting Peruvian president was to tour.

Adm. Mauricio Soto, the commander of the Colombian navy, said 37 pounds of cocaine and 22 pounds of heroin were found Thursday in the engine room of the Gloria, Colombia’s flagship naval vessel, which is to embark next month on a six-month trip to the United States and Europe, according to the Associated Press.

Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo was scheduled to go aboard the Gloria on Saturday to dine with military commanders and discuss increased cooperation in the fight against drug-trafficking.

Soto said three navy enlisted men have been detained in connection with the seizure.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-adfg-drugs18apr18,1,6919528.story?coll=la-home-world

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