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A handout picture provided by Bolivian Ministry of Goverment shows the detail of a bag with the seized drug that the minister of Government of Bolivia Carlos Romero presented at the police academy in La Paz, Bolivia, 01 August 2016.
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Bolivian police nabbed a tractor-trailer truck carrying 7.5 tons of cocaine bound for the United States in the country's largest-ever cocaine bust, Bolivia's Interior Minister Carlos Romero said Monday.

The drugs - 580 kilograms of pure cocaine diluted with the mineral ulexite - were packed in a metal container en route to the Chilean port of Arica. They were to be shipped to Honduras and onward to the US.

Police discovered the drug shipment last weekend in the town of Patacamaya, about 100 kilometres south of the Bolivian capital La Paz.

Three people were arrested, but the driver was released after authorities determined he did not know the contents of the shipment.

Romero estimated the street value of the drugs at 379 million dollars.

Bolivia is the third-largest producer of cocaine in the world after Colombia and Peru, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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