Salvadoran police find $9M in cash in oil drum

Police in El Salvador say officers found $9 million in cash crammed into an oil drum buried at a ranch near the capital.

Authorities in the Central American country say it took three days to count the bundles of $100, $50 and $20 bills. A police statement issued Saturday says the money could be linked to drug traffickers.

Authorities say the cash was found Thursday night at a ranch in the town of Penitente Abajo, about 40 miles (62 kilometers) from the capital.

The U.S. Embassy says the money was found with the help of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

El Salvador uses the U.S. dollar as its national currency.