The Washington Post

Nation Digest: U.S. Says Millions Were Seized From Smugglers

Sept 29--U.S., Colombian and Mexican customs agents in one week this month seized more than $41 million in cash being smuggled between the ports of Manzanillo, Mexico, and Buenaventura, Colombia, officials said Monday.

29 de septiembre de 2009

It is the largest seizure ever by Colombia or the United States, said John Morton, assistant secretary of homeland security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The two ports are key hubs in a well-known cocaine-trafficking route, and an investigation is ongoing, ICE said in a statement.

Agents uncovered three shipments of roughly $11 million each on Sept. 9, 10 and 11, opening cargo containers aboard a ship bound from Manzanillo to Buenaventura and searching containers and vessels in Buenaventura and at Manzanillo, officials said. Authorities seized $7 million more on Sept. 14 and Sept. 18 in containers originating from or arriving in Manzanillo.

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