Last Saturday night in Caracas, the Venezuelan Corp for Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations (CICPC) arrested Italian citizen Miceli Salvatore, one of the most wanted drug traffickers in the world.
The Minister of People’s Power for Justice and the Interior, Tareck El Aissami, made the announcement in a telephone interview with state channel Venezolana de Televisión.
Salvatore is accused of trafficking in heroine, morphine, and cocaine. Supposedly, he is part of a major international drug-trafficking organization.
Minister El Aissami explained that Salvatore has been wanted by the Italian authorities and Interpol since 2001.
At the time of his arrest, it was evident that Salvatore had had several plastic surgeries to avoid identification, but he was identified nonetheless by the CICPC.
The minister highlighted that this arrest demonstrates, once again, the effectiveness of the Chavez´s government policies in the constant battle against drug trafficking and organized crime, “today we are an example for the world regarding these effective policies and operations.”
El Aissami added that Italian authorities in Venezuela have been informed of the arrest “and as we have done in previous cases, we will begin deportation to put him in the hands of the Italian authorities.”
Radio Nacional de Venezuela, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / June 22, 2009