Saturday, April 27, 2013

Venezuela Seizes 2.7 Tons of Cocaine

TEHRAN (FNA)- Venezuelan authorities seized nearly 2.7 tons of high-grade cocaine in the Northwestern Zulia state, Interior and Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez said.

"We were able to deal a striking blow against international drug trafficking with the seizure of 2,694 kilograms of cocaine that was wrapped in some special packages...and we suppose they were destined for Central America, Honduras," the state-run Venezuelan News Agency (AVN) cited Rodriguez as saying.

The drugs, intercepted in the Port of Maracaibo, were labeled as "plastic for recycling" in order to avoid detection.

The seizure is the third-largest so far this year in the country. In February, the Venezuela government seized five tons of marijuana in the Southwestern border state of Tachira, and 4.1 tons of cocaine in Zulia last month.

Venezuelan authorities captured more than 14.6 tons of drugs in the first quarter of 2013, a 32.4-percent increase over the same period of 2012, a year when a total of 45 tons were found or confiscated.

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