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Drug Trafficker Sought by Interpol Captured in Venezuela

The Venezuelan government captured Colombian citizen Gerardo Javier Suárez Naranjo, 54, who is being sought in Colombia by Interpol for charges on drug-trafficking and conspiracy. 

The Minister of People’s Power for Interior and Justice, Tareck El Aissami, informed that the capture took place on Sunday, February 21 in Carabobo state (Venezuela’s north-center) during a phone contact in the state-owned Venezolana de Television.

The Venezuelan official said that the detainee, an important leader of a Colombian drug-trafficking cartel, would be transferred to Caracas under strict security norms in order to be deported to Colombia.

Furthermore, El Aissami informed that Venezuela’s Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigative Body (CICPC) carried out another operation in Portuguesa state (southeast), where a light aircraft with cocaine was seized.

The minister added that a clandestine runway, located between Carabobo and Yaracuy states, was also discovered. During the operation ten citizens were detained and three trucks and 350 kg of cocaine were seized.  

El Aissami emphatically remarked that the procedures were part of a prevention and security plan. The official also assured that the bicentenary security plan (DIBISE), to be launched next March 1, will strengthen the fight against drug-trafficking in Venezuela.

“Those are results that show the effectiveness of the policies implemented by the Venezuelan government and the goals we have achieved in this area,” concluded the minister.

Venezolana de Televisión (VTV), Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the U.S. Press and Communications Office / February 23, 2010

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