Central America is the the premier global exporter of cocaine. The nations of Peru and Colombia are the main coke producers in the world and use other nations as jumpoff points to ship powder internationally. According to security analysts, a lot of coke moves through Venezuela on its way to Europe and the United States. Furthermore, the Venezuelan National Guard is accused of aiding drug operations by opposing nations and US prosecutors. On Thursday, Venezuelan authorities announced a massive seizure of four tons of blow and the dismantling of an outfit linked to the infamous Mexican Los Zetas cartel.
The operation began when a truck transporting 154 sacks of 30 kg (66 pounds) of cocaine hydrochloride each was stopped in Tachira, near Venzuela’s border with Colombia, on May 14.
That incident led to the discovery of the multiton deposit of cocaine where the group was preparing to export drugs, presumably to Central America. Authorities arrested 10 people in a gang they believe is linked to the Zetas, who in recent years set off the most violent phase in Mexico’s drug war.
“We achieved a significant dismantling of an international network that sought to use our territory for international drug trafficking,” said Venezuelan National Guard commander Nestor Reverol. Reverol is probably hoping that this seizure takes some of the stink off of him. According to reports, charges are pending against him in New York federal court for his allegedly corrupt actions during his days as the head of Venezuela’s anti-drugs agency.