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Venezuela has doubled its drug seizures since 2005

Since 2005, the year the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela suspended an anti-narcotics accord with the U.S. DEA, drug and cocaine seizures have doubled.

“From a total of 31 tons seized in 2004, this increased to 58 tons of cocaine, almost double,” according to a statement from Néstor Reverol, Director of the National Anti-Drugs Office (ONA), who presented statistics achieved by the Bolivarian government in the fight against drugs and debunked the latest U.S. report about Venezuela’s drug fighting efforts.

Reverol emphasized that during the agreement with the DEA, there was no information about extradition requests and deportations of drug kingpins, while since 2005 23 such drug lords have been deported.  “The number of Venezuelans arrested in Europe has fallen, from 121 to 30 in 2008,” he said.

The ONA Director then explained that the U.S. has invested over $6 billion in Plan Colombia.  Nevertheless, he added, they have only managed to reduce potential drug production by 3 to 5%, evidence that Plan Colombia has been a “failure.”

Reverol also displayed a graph that shows the concentration of marijuana production.  In 2006, 10,000 metric tons of marijuana were produced in the United States, a number which is higher than U.S. production of corn and soy beans.

He explained that since 1986 the U.S. foreign aid policies have been unilateral and arbitrary, and that annual reports on drug issues have only dealt with drug producing and transit countries, but not consuming countries.

Reverol stressed that the U.S. drug certification process violates Article 32 of the United Nations Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States, which states: “No State may use or encourage the use of economic, political or any other type of measures to coerce another State in order to obtain from it the subordination of the exercise of its sovereign rights.”

He indicated that this policy is actually designed for the financial systems of those countries, to dominate them, make investments and have a military presence.

Reverol emphasized a drug trafficking report which notes that over 300,000 organizations and gangs in the United States profit from the control and sale of drugs:  in Houston there are 169 drug organizations and 392 gangs; in Los Angeles there are 158 organizations that distribute drugs; San Francisco has 120 of these groups; and New York has 529 drug organizations and 271 money laundering organizations.

Venezolana de Televisión, Embassy of the Bolivarian republic of Venezuela Press Office / March 10, 2009

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