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Bolivarian National Guard seizes 18 kilos of presumed cocaine

Around 18 kilos (about 40 pounds) of high-purity cocaine were seized yesterday in Táchira State by the Bolivarian National Guard (Guardia Nacional Bolivariana or GNB) in two separate procedures, as part of the measures taken by the National Government to eradicate drug trafficking in national territory.

General Franklin Marquez, GNB Chief of Regional Command Unit (Core 1), informed that this drug shipment was intercepted as a result of coordinated efforts between the National Anti-drug Office (Oficina Nacional Antidroga or ONA), the National Antidrug Command and the Regional Command Unit. The shipment was headed to the central part of the country to be eventually transported to the United States and Europe.

Marquez stated that during routine procedures at check point in La Pedrera, 8 kilos (about 18 pounds) were found in one truck, while another vehicle with a double fuel tank was found with 10 more kilos (about 22 pounds) of presumed cocaine.

The cargo of high-purity hydrochlorate cocaine, fabricated in Colombia, was camouflaged in two vehicles so as to pass through the GNB checkpoints and enter the country.

GNB Chief of Regional Command Unit (Core 1) pointed out the cunning officials of this armed unit, as well as the participation of the canine unit, were key components on the seizure of this new cargo of drug trafficking mobs that intended to use Venezuelan territory for drug trafficking operations.

Radio Nacional de Venezuela, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / August 20, 2009

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