Venezuela Finds Four Tons of Cocaine Buried at Ranch

Venezuela Finds Four Tons of Cocaine Buried at Ranch

Venezuela Finds Four Tons of Cocaine Buried at Ranch

Authorities from Venezuela have located four tons of cocaine buried underground on a ranch in the country. Officials stopped a plane that they presume was on route from Mexico, intending to smuggle the cocaine back out of the country.

The Interior Minister of Venezuela, Tareck El Aissami, told members of the media that this added up to be the biggest discovery of illegal drugs in the last few years in the country. He also stated that Venezuelan soldiers continued to search the area around the ranch, located in the state of Guarico, to search for further cocaine stashes.

Fighter jets incepted a commercial aircraft on the 25th. The crew escaped, but inspectors found items on the plane indicating that they came from Mexico. A further investigation of the ranch where the aircraft landed near found the buried cocaine. The apparent nationalities of the crew led the investigators to assume that they were Mexican drug runners arriving to pick up the cache.

Venezuela remains one of the main transit routes for cocaine moving out of Colombia, due to it’s location. Critics have attacked the government of Venezuela, lead by President Hugo Chavez, for being weak on cracking down on drug traffickers and even aiding Colombian rebels engaged in smuggling. In response to this, the country has begun to work harder to find and stop drug producers within the country.

Reports indicate that the government was successful in capturing almost 50 tons of illegal substances in this year alone, which is a great increase of the 60 tons found during the whole year of 2009. Nearly half of the tons found last year were cocaine. President Chavez accuses the high rate of consumption and demand created by drug users in United States and Europe for fueling the South American drug trade.


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