Police haul adds to drug baron's woes

ONE of Colombia's top drug lords was yesterday hunting for moles in his organisation after police found $19 million (£9.6 million) in cash under the floor of a house, bringing the total of his money seized to £40 million in dollars, euros and gold bars.

"We found two metal trunks buried under the floor and covered with concrete and tiles," said Police General Oscar Naranjo, standing outside a house in Cali. The general is involved in a war to the death with the last of Colombia's great cartels, that of Norte Del Valle.

Inside the trunks were vacuum packed bricks of $100 bills totalling $19 million, the fifth such stash found in Cali over the last month. The total comes to more than 40 million in dollars, euros and gold ingots which now reach the ceiling of the vault of the Bank of the Republic in Cali.

Whilst delighted to be getting their hands on the money, the Colombian authorities want to capture its owner, one of America's most wanted, with a $5 million bounty on his head.

"Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia has been one of the most powerful and most elusive drug traffickers in Colombia," said Adam J Szubin, Director of the US Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

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