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Vice President Carriz?lez: Venezuela continues making important strides in the fight against drugs

During a Thursday delivery of mobile units for the comprehensive social prevention of drug crimes, Venezuela is taking an important step in its head-on fight against the production, trafficking, and consumption of drugs said Venezuela’s Vice President Ramón Carrizález Rengifo.

He noted that so far this year, authorities have seized 8,936 kilograms of drugs, including cocaine, marijuana, crack and heroin, “because our fight against drug trafficking is head-on.”

The Vice President made this statement during the delivery of the above mentioned mobile units at an event in Los Próceres Park.

Carrizález emphasized that these units will provide health, hope and prevention for the Venezuelan people, as for anyone else in the world who is a victim of drug trafficking.

He said that Venezuela is between the biggest producer and biggest consumer of drugs, as such, “we are victims of this market and this perverse system that is harming humanity.”

With statistics from the United Nations and Colombian Navy, the Vice President spoke about the quantity of drugs being consumed in the world.  He also said an agreement with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, which Venezuela ended, “did nothing but favor drug trafficking due to its so-called controlled handovers.”

The Vice President explained that in recent days, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “recognized that the insatiable demand for drugs in the U.S. was one of the primary causes for high levels of drug trafficking, which appears to indicate that the U.S. government has taken the position of accepting consumption as the fundamental cause of drug trafficking, which gives us hope, to those countries that are victims of this trade.”

Carrizález also noted that the government of Venezuela has maintained it is impossible to control and be successful in fighting drug trafficking if there is no control of consumption and if heavy consumers do not accept this as a problem within their own borders.

Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / April 2, 2009

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