Caracas, Sep 25 – Investigations of the drugs seized in Paris, France, after being transported in an Air France plane have led to Venezuela arresting 11 people who were allegedly linked to this drug trafficking incident.
According to the Ministry of Interior, Justice and Peace, the arrest measure was adopted as a result of the investigations to determine the procedures used to board 1,382 kilograms of cocaine, divided into 31 suitcases, on the plane.
Among those arrested, eight are officials of the Bolivarian National Guard (BNG) who were working at Simon Bolivar International Airport when the plane left Venezuela.
The working groups are comprised of Public Ministry experts, the Bolivarian Service of National Intelligence (Sebin) and other security bodies that are assessing the possible methods used by the drug traffickers.
Figures provided by the National Anti-drug Office (ONA) show that more than 6,400 people linked to drug trafficking crimes have been arrested and more than 37 tons of drugs seized so far this year.
For the past seven years, the U.N. has recognized Venezuela as a country free of illegal crops.
Source: Prensa Latina