Venezuelan security forces have stopped the transit of a total of 39 tons of illegal drugs so far this year, something the National Antidrug Office chief Alejandro Keleris said is proof that Venezuela is keeping up the pace of its anti-drug efforts, as well as reducing demand."
Keleris spoke Wednesday during the launch of the second Drug Prevention Seminar organized to educate employees at various national companies, which is being held at the Fuerte Tiuna military post outside Caracas.
Venezuela has a sovereign anti-drug policy, and has been recognized for the last seven years by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as a country free of illegal drug cultivation.
As of September 2013, Venezuelan authorities had made 6,400 arrests on drug trafficking charges so far this year.
Since 2006, when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency was expelled from Venezuela, national authorities have captured 109 drug kingpins. Of those, 75 were extradited by Venezuela to face charges abroad, including 33 to Colombia and 21 to the United States.
In the last 14 years, during Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution, a total of 671.86 tons of drugs have been seized.
Meanwhile, from 2008 to 2013, 378 illicit airstrips used by drug traffickers have been destroyed in Venezuela.
This year alone, 18 planes have been confiscated to stop traffickers.
AVN / Press- Venezuelan Embassy to the US / October 10, 2013