Silk road bust in Colombia puts up about $6.5 billion in assets
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A man stands next to a piece of silk painting at the Silk Road Art Gallery in Bogota, Colombia, in October 2015.
The criminal organization, dubbed La Cosa Nostra, or “the group of thieves,” is accused of stealing nearly $6 billion from the world’s largest drug market by selling illegal narcotics across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The drug trafficking group has seized the assets of nearly 80 percent of the worlds largest drug companies, including the nations largest private prison company, and used its wealth to purchase luxury cars, designer clothing, designer jewelry, designer watches and luxury watches, according to an Associated Press report.
The organization has been operating under the alias Silk Road since 2013.
The Associated Press obtained court documents that showed La Cómo Norte had nearly $3 billion in laundered assets as of March 2019.
It has seized an estimated $2.7 billion in cash and assets from a number of entities.
La Cópo Norte is linked to the Mexican cartel Sinaloa.
A man stands next to a piece of silk painting at the Silk Road Art Gallery in Bogota, Colombia, in…