To the present date, the Venezuelan security agencies have seized 63,609.96 kilograms of drugs in different procedures performed throughout the country.
This was announced on December 29 by the president of the Venezuelan National Anti-Drug Office (ONA), Nestor Reverol, during a press conference at the headquarters of the agency to disclose the balance of anti-drug policies promoted by the Bolivarian government in 2010.
Reverol said that more than 54 thousand kilograms of various drugs seized during 2010 were due to what is known as international traffic.
“This means that Venezuela remains a transit country for illicit drugs coming from the Republic of Colombia,” he said.
“The international reports have showed results, where increased traffic of cocaine from the Colombian Pacific coast because of its proximity to the crop fields,” said the president of the ONA.
According to information provided by the news agency EFE, Reverol, explained that there was an 11.1% decline in cocaine seizures in the country during 2010 compared to previous year due to “reduced production in Colombia” and the use of Pacific routes.
Regarding local distribution, he said, there were seized 6.9 tons of various illicit substances, and more than two tons ready to be commercialized.
During the 11 years of the Bolivarian Revolution, the government has seized 584.12 tons of different drugs.
“This is an example of our international commitment to the struggle against this crime,” he said.
Between January and December of this year , 12,627 people were arrested on drug charges for different procedures performed in the country by the National Guard (GNB), the Body of Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations (CICPC), the Bolivarian National Police (PNB ), the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin), as well as regional and municipal police.
Reverol noted that as part of the fight against drug trafficking led by the Bolivarian government, 17 leaders and members of dangerous gangs engaged in the sale and distribution of drugs have been captured so far this year, all of whom had been requested by the Interpol.
According to Reverol, the captures and deportations were carried out in strict accordance with international conventions and the Constitution, to show Venezuela’s commitment in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking.
The ONA’s president stressed that Venezuela, after canceling the agreement with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in 2005 because of his involvement in cases of espionage, has seized the largest quantity of drugs in history.
International Cooperation in Fight against Drugs
Reverol reported that 59 agreements have been signed with 38 countries.
He explained that there are some agreements under review with countries such as Russia, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, Spain, France, Barbados and African countries, among others. In addition to the joint committees set up with Italy, Guyana, Ecuador, The Dominican Republic, Portugal and Bolivia.
“Venezuela has always been open to international cooperation, as long as they respect the agreements that are signed and on our sovereignty,” stressed the president of the ONA.
Press ONA / Embassy of Venezuela to the United States / December 30, 2010