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Bolivarian National Guard seizes almost a ton of drugs in northern T?chira

Over 700 kilograms of marijuana were seized by the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) from a cargo vehicle in the northern part of the state of Táchira.

The head of Regional Command Number One (Core 1), Brigadier General Gabriel Oviedo Colmenares, announced that the drugs were hidden in a secret compartment inside the vehicle.

“The drugs were seized on the platform of a tow-truck type vehicle that was transporting, in a camouflaged way, a total of 780 kilograms of marijuana; and it was detected by forces at La Tendida control point, between the border of the states of Táchira and Mérida,” he explained.

Oviedo said two suspects were detained: the driver of the vehicle and an accomplice who were handed over to District Attorneys from the Public Ministry. 

He emphasized that the suspects were identified by their Venezuelan identification cards; nevertheless, he said that investigations are underway to determine the true identities of the men and any possible link to organized drug crime in the area.

“The citizens claimed to be coming from Lobatera, moving towards the middle of the country via the Pan-American Highway that crosses the states of Táchira, Mérida and Trujillo,” Oviedo affirmed.

The Brigadier General also highlighted that patrolling and monitoring is done throughout the entire state of Táchira to face drug trafficking.

Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / February 25, 2009

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