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Colombian Navy Rescues Drug Traffickers Stranded In The Ocean, Floating On Top Of Packets Of Cocaine

The drug industry never sleeps. Some of the feats that drug traffickers pull off to get their product to consumers are nothing short of extraordinary. This one right here though, was a pretty epic fail, deserving of its very own episode in Netflix hit show Narcos. Last week, three men were found by the Colombian Navy, floating in the shark-infested waters of the Pacific using bales of cocaine to stay afloat off the coast of Tumaco, Colombia.

Three drug traffickers who had been floating for hours on packets of waterproofed cocaine were found by Colombian Navy officials.

The bizarre encounter happened 30 miles into the ocean on Colombia’s Pacific coast. The three men, suspected drug traffickers, had been floating among a total of 1,265 kilograms (2,789 lbs) of cocaine hydrochloride for severn hours after their boat was hit by a wave and capsized, according to a statement from the Navy. A spokesman for the coastguard said: “These three people were floating on a material that by its characteristics resembled drugs.”

During a search and rescue operation, officials spotted the castaways and helped them aboard, only to find that they were floating on $50 million dollars worth of cocaine.

Officials spotted the trio floating on packages of different sizes, during a search and rescue operation and promptly went to the rescue. Footage of the incident shows navy officers throwing life belts to the three men from a coastguard ship. Once the men, who were confirmed to be Colombian nationals, and the packages which were waterproofed and weighed over a ton altogether, had been taken safely to shore, chemical tests were carried out. 

“The Colombian Armada secured the rescue of three Colombian nationals and seizure of 1,265 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride in waters of the Colombian Pacific” read a tweet by the Colombian Navy.

It was determined that the packages in fact, contained cocaine hydrochloride. The total seizure had a street value, in the United States, of about $50 million. The three unlucky castaways were turned over to prosecutors and are now facing charges for the trafficking, manufacturing and possession of narcotics. 

The men and their vessel were “Very possibly…on their way to Central America,” Captain Jorge Maldonado of Colombia’s Task Force against Drug Trafficking told Agence France-Presse. The search continues for a fourth individual whom the men say was with them. He is still missing.

According to the UN, large amounts of Colombian Cocaine is smuggled to the U.S. by sea through Central America and the Caribbean.

According to the UNDOC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), cocaine is typically transported from Colombia to Mexico or Central America by sea and then onwards by land to the United States and Canada, often in container shipments. Colombia remains the main source of the cocaine found, but direct shipments from Peru and the Plurinational State of Bolivia are far more common than in the United States market. A study conducted by the UNDOC found that Colombia is the leading manufacturer of cocaine in the world, while the U.S. is home to the majority of cocaine users. 

Just this year NYC authorities secured the largest cocaine seize in history.

Earlier this year, in March, authorities at the Port of New York and New Jersey seized around 3,200 pounds of cocaine, making it the largest cocaine seizure at the port in nearly twenty five years, and the second of all time, authorities say. The drugs, which had an estimated street value of $77 million, were found  in a shipping container which entered the U.S. from Buenaventura, Colombia. 

In January, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo vowed the US will work with Colombia to decrease production of coca, the plant used to manufacture cocaine, by 50% by 2023.

A Colombian Orphan Was Adopted By His Host Family And The Video Will Tug At Your Heart Strings

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A Colombian Orphan Was Adopted By His Host Family And The Video Will Tug At Your Heart Strings

Amanda Thiessen Barkey / Facebook

Sebastian is a young boy who was growing up in Colombia with no biological relatives. A program called Kidsave’s Summer Miracles connected Sebastian with the Barkey family for a summer. During that time, the family fell in love with Sebastian and they decided to secretly adopt him after the program ended and he flew back to Colombia.

The Barkey family fell in love with Sebastian after hosting him for a summer so they decided to adopt him.

Orphan Reunited With Family

After spending summer with the Barkey family in the U.S, Colombian orphan Sebastian has become a part of the family…????‍????‍????

Posted by UNILAD on Thursday, January 30, 2020

The adoption was a true family affair. All of the Barkey children and their parents boarded a flight to Colombia to collect the newest member of their family. The reunion was caught on camera and it is a sweet and honest representation of modern families.

The moment Sebastian sees the Barkey family is an emotional experience for everyone in the room.

Credit: UNILAD / Facebook

Sebastian is walked through the hallways of the adoption agency and led into a room with the family he has grown to love. He is immediately surrounded by the Barkey family who smothers him in hugs. The feeling of excitement and love is palpable from the video.

Sebastian even signed the adoption papers using his new last name: Barkey.

Credit: UNILAD / Facebook

Congratulations, Sebastian. And well done, Barkey family. What a touching and sweet moment captured on camera.

READ: In The Middle Of National Adoption Awareness Month, This Movie Is Making A Statement

#ChampetaChallenge Goes Viral As People Attempt Shakira’s Halftime Dance

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#ChampetaChallenge Goes Viral As People Attempt Shakira’s Halftime Dance

@christopheraguirree / TikTok / shakira / Instagram

It has been almost a week since Super Bowl LIV. Everyone was talking about the J.Lo and Shakira halftime show and the unapologetic Latin performance. Shakira’s appearance was arguably the most successful. Her single “Whenever, Wherever” reached the No. 1 spot on the charts and she created a viral TikTok dance challenge called #ChampetaChallenge.

It all started when Shakira posted a video teaching the choreography of her Super Bowl halftime show.

Champeta is a form of music and dance that originates from the Caribbean coastal region of Colombia. It is traced back to people of African descent who lived in Cartagena before spreading in influence to Barranquilla.

Then, Shakira posted a behind-the-scenes video of her staff learning her halftime show dance.

Everyone looks like they are having so much fun learning this dance that it makes you want to give it a shot. Her video is captioned, “Directors, producers, cameramen,… all of them learning to dance Champeta. #ChampetaChallenge.” Smart.

With that behind-the-scenes video, the #ChampetaChallenge was born and soon found a home on TikTok.

@angieborbon_

shakira #champetachallenge #shakira♬ original sound – shakira

Videos have popped up all over various social media channels of people and influencers jumping on the #ChampetaChallenge bandwagon. Some of these people are super talented.

Friends have joined forces to spread the regional dance style.

@christopheraguirree

Shakira did THAT with this beautiful dance break ❤️ shakira #champetachallenge #dance #viral #fyp #foryou #foryoupage♬ original sound – shakira

Who doesn’t like spending time dancing with friends? It’s a workout, bonding moment, and just a good time. And if you can make a viral video at the same time then why not?

Some people wanted to match the dancers and Shakira’s outfit in their own performance.

@besperon

Love this dance so much! Tag shakira in the comments!!! #champetachallenge #champeta #shakira #superbowlliv #halftime #halftimeshow #dance #fyp♬ original sound – shakira

Certainly, this earns them extra points. Learning and doing the #ChampetaChallenge is one thing. Coordinating your outfit with the people on the tv takes this whole thing to another level.

And some people really let loose during their dance challenge.

@giovanni.tisera

Anyone else inspired after that show????? Gracias @shakira✨????#champetachallenge #superbowl #champeta #dancetrend #latino #peruvianboy #dancelove #baile♬ original sound – shakira

Alright now. Look at you go.

Oh, and Shakira has been going through to like, comment, and share some of the #ChampetaChallenge videos.

@nanabeladi1

yes shi did????????#foryou #champetachallenge #dance #shakira shakira♬ original sound – nanabeladi1

Might as well upload yours and see if you can get Shakira’s attention.

READ: Shakira’s Song ‘Whenever, Wherever” Reaches No. 1 After Her Super Bowl Performance But Latinos Have Always Adored Her