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Colombia claims largest cocaine seizure in its history

This photo released by Colombia's National Police shows packages of cocaine on display in Necocli, in the northwestern state of Antioquia, Colombia, Sunday, May 15, 2016. The National Police agency said commandos backed by helicopters seized about eight tons of cocaine on a banana plantation belonging to a gang known as the Clan Usuaga and was apparently destined for the Caribbean and then to the United States. Authorities say its the biggest cocaine seizure in Colombia's history. (Colombia National Police via AP)

This photo released by Colombia's National Police shows packages of cocaine on display in Necocli, in the northwestern state of Antioquia, Colombia, Sunday, May 15, 2016. The National Police agency said commandos backed by helicopters seized about eight tons of cocaine on a banana plantation belonging to a gang known as the Clan Usuaga and was apparently destined for the Caribbean and then to the United States. Authorities say its the biggest cocaine seizure in Colombia's history. (Colombia National Police via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Colombian authorities say they've made the biggest cocaine seizure in the history of a country long plagued by traffic in the drug.

The National Police agency says 50 commandos backed by helicopters seized about 8 tons of cocaine on a banana plantation in the northwestern department of Antioquia.

It says the drug belonged to a gang known as the Clan Usuaga and was apparently destined for the Caribbean and then to the United States.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos sent a tweet Sunday congratulating police on what he called the largest cocaine seizure in the history of Colombia, a major producer of the narcotic.

Police say they've seized more than 86 tons in all so far this year.