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Navy seizes over 1 ton of cocaine in southwestern Colombia

Bogota, Dec 8 (EFE).- The navy seized nearly 1,200 kilos of cocaine hidden around the mouth of the Mira River in Nariño, a province in southwestern Colombia, navy spokesmen told Efe.

The cocaine belonged to the Daniel Aldana column of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, one of the rebel units most involved in drug trafficking, the navy said.

The narcotics were being readied to be shipped abroad.

Intelligence work by marines and coast guard personnel assigned to Task Force Poseidon, a unit targeting drug traffickers in the Pacific region, made the seizure possible.

The cocaine was hidden in mangroves at a location on the Mira River about 40 kilometers (some 25 miles) from Tumaco, a Pacific port city near the border with Ecuador.