CARACAS – A suspected drug trafficker was killed, three rifles were seized and a small plane was rendered inoperable in an anti-drug operation conducted by Venezuelan soldiers in an area near the Colombian border, Justice and Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said Sunday.
Drug traffickers were planning to move a shipment of drugs to Central America from Colombia, Reverol told VTV.
National Guard and army troops staged the operation in the western state of Apure after receiving intelligence reports about a plan by drug smugglers to move the illegal shipment to Honduras, the minister said.
“During the operation, there were four shootouts with groups of drug traffickers in which one of the drug traffickers was killed,” Reverol said.
The troops were deployed in an area outside the city of Pedro Camejo “very close” to the border with Colombia, Reverol said.
Venezuela seized 45,084 kilos of different types of drugs, including 27,117 kilos of cocaine and 17,846 kilos of marijuana, in 2012, the government said.
Venezuela shares a 2,219-kilometer (1,378-mile) border with Colombia along which common criminals, drug traffickers and guerrillas operate.