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Colombia: Massive heroin shipment seized

July 31, 2012 at 3:17 PM

MEDELLIN, Colombia, July 31 (UPI) -- Colombian police say they seized 10,600 grams of heroin worth $80 million at a bus terminal in Medellin, preventing it from being shipped to the United States.

Police told Colombia Reports the shipment, discovered Monday, was believed to have originated in Uraba area of Colombia.

Gen. Jose Roberto Leon Riano, director of the National Police, pegged the value of the approximately 23 1/2 pounds of narcotics at about $80 million. It was the equivalent of 21,200 doses of heroin, making it the largest shipment of heroin seized in Medellin this year, El Colombiano reported.

Police had prior information regarding the shipment and tracked it down with the help of canine units.

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