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Venezuelan Authorities Have Seized Over 46 Tons of Drugs So Far in 2010

So far in 2010, Venezuelan authorities have seized over 46 tons of drugs (46,370.56 kilograms) in different operations carried out nationwide, according to a report published by Venezuela’s National Anti-Drug Office (ONA).

The ONA issued a report with statistics of seizures and detentions made between January 1 and August 27, in compliance with the Organic Law Against the Illicit Trafficking and Consumption of Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances.

The document details seizures in the country according to the type of drugs: marijuana (27 tons), cocaine (19 tons), heroin (five tons); crack (four tons), and cocaine paste (two tons).

According to statistics published by ONA, during the last eight months 6,288 people were arrested for drug-related crimes, 4,862 operations have been carried out by the Bolivarian National Guard (BNG), the Corps of Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations (CICPC), the Bolivarian National Police (PNB), the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN), and regional and municipal police bodies.

Of the people arrested, 6,066 are Venezuelan citizens, while 222 are foreigners.

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, approved the 2009-2013 National Anti-Drug Plan last year. This document unifies strategies and public policies for the coming five years in the fight against the trafficking of narcotics and psychotropic substances.

Since 1971, anti-drug plans in the country were based on foreign interests. However, this 2009-2013 Anti-Drug National Plan is based upon principles of humanism and social inclusion.

The most recent plan calls upon organized communities to take part in integral social prevention projects. Similarly, the document includes seven major elements of the fight against drugs: education, community involvement, work programs, individuals with disabilities, border-town populations, indigenous groups, and children and adolescents.

The Venezuelan government maintains firm international cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking, demonstrated by the ratification of international agreements and the implementation of joint actions Venezuelan and international authorities.

AVN/Press Office – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S./August 31, 2010

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