Colombian police seize 3.6 tonnes of marijuana

 Drug enforcement agents seized 3.6 tonnes of marijuana hidden in a shipment of flour, spaghetti and cooking oil in southwestern Colombia, officials said Wednesday.

IANS| Updated: Jan 01, 2015, 10:28 AM IST

Bogota: Drug enforcement agents seized 3.6 tonnes of marijuana hidden in a shipment of flour, spaghetti and cooking oil in southwestern Colombia, officials said Wednesday.

The drug seizure was made in Betania, a stop on the highway between Buga and Tulua in Valle del Cauca province.

Drug enforcement agents found the drugs when they stopped and inspected a truck heading for La Guajira, a province on Colombia`s border with Venezuela.

The truck driver`s papers were in order and he said he was hauling food products.

Agents, however, noticed a "strong and strange odour" coming from the vehicle, the drug enforcement agency said.

A search of the truck turned up 83 sacks containing irregularly shaped packages whose contents tested positive for marijuana.

The 3.6 tonnes of pot seized on the highway had a street value of 3.8 million pesos ($1.6 million).

The truck driver was arrested and turned over to judicial authorities.