On Monday, the Director of the National Anti-drug Office (ONA), Colonel Nestor Reverol announced that in four months, security forces of the National Government have seized a total of 18,488 kilograms of drugs, for which more than 2,000 citizens have been charged, by order of the Public Ministry.
“This is a serious blow to the international drug trade. State security forces have fanned out across the country to combat this offense.” stated the Director of the ONA through a contact at VTV.
Reverol said that a total of 2 tons of drugs (marijuana and cocaine) were seized this weekend in Miranda (Capital region) and Trujillo (Andean region), as part of the effort of the Bolivarian Government to combat the international and national trade in illicit substances.
In an operation last Saturday, the Pedro Gual Municipal Police and the Scientific, Penal, and Criminal Investigative Body (CICPC) detained 3 citizens and confiscated 68 sacks of cocaine with a combined weight of 1,981 kilos. The drugs were hidden in La Guardia estate in Panapo, Cupira, Miranda State.
Reverol indicated that a boat was retained in Ave Fenix, registered in Pampatar, Margarita Island (northeast of Caracas), used by a criminal gang to transport drugs out of the country.
The director of ONA explained that the CICPC is continuing to make raids on suspect watercraft.
Likewise, in Trujillo, the National Guard seized 830 kilograms of marijuana in a tow truck.
Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias, Press Unit of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States/ May 11, 2009