|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Venezuela (Click here for more Venezuela news)

Venezuela Reports 12 Tons of Drugs Seized in 2009

CARACAS – Venezuelan authorities so far this year have seized 11,237 kilograms (24,751 pounds) of illegal drugs, 3,000 kilos more than during the same period in 2008, the interior minister said here Monday.

Tarek El Aissami told reporters that “thanks to the policies made by the national government, currently Venezuela is one of the pioneer countries in the fight against drug trafficking.”

He also confirmed the dismantling, on Sunday, of five cocaine laboratories “10 meters (yards) from the border with Colombia,” on one of the banks of the Tachira River, 860 kilometers (533 miles) southwest of Caracas.

According to authorities, the laboratories, where some 50 people worked refining the drug, had the capacity to produce about 1,500 kilos of cocaine per month.

They also said that they seized about 10,000 kilos of solid and liquid chemicals used in transforming coca into cocaine.

In addition, they confirmed the finding of two small planes in the far northwestern state of Zulia, bordering on Colombia, that were presumably used in drug trafficking.

That presumption, which could be confirmed after three people who were arrested, one of them a Mexican, give statements to law enforcement authorities, is based on the fact that one of the light planes had a Mexican registration number superimposed on its outer surface and authorities found the aircraft at uninhabited sites along with equipment to make improvised landing strips.

While Venezuela is not a drug-producing nation, neighboring Colombia is the world’s leading source of cocaine. EFE
 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2020 © All rights reserved