Venezuelan Authorities Seize 1.2 Tons of Cocaine

By Dialogo
April 13, 2012

Venezuelan authorities seized 1.2 tons of cocaine, the largest contraband seizure so far in 2012, in a house in the locality of Paraguaná, in the state of Falcón, and arrested four people, the government announced on April 11.

In an operation carried out on April 10, the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) seized “1,200 kilograms of cocaine, one of the most important seizures made this year” by the Venezuelan authorities, Deputy Citizen Security Minister Néstor Reverol emphasized.

The drugs were hidden in a rural residence where one woman and three men were arrested, one of them of Colombian nationality, GNB Commandant-General Juan Francisco Romero specified.

“An investigation had been underway for approximately 15 to 20 days, and the results were achieved” thanks to a coordinated operation with the National Anti-Drug Office, he added.

Romero explained that during the search of the house, “66 parcels of cocaine” were found, containing a total of 1,078 packages of the drug.

According to the United Nations, Venezuela is a country free of illicit crops, but it is considered an important transit point for drugs headed to the major consumer markets.