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Ton of cocaine seized in Venezuela

2012-11-05 12:00

Caracas — Venezuelan National Guard troops have seized a shipment of 1.5 tons of cocaine stashed in a compartment in a cargo truck.

Justice Minister Nestor Reverol announced Sunday's bust on television, saying the truck was stopped at a checkpoint in western Lara state. He says the cocaine came from neighbouring Colombia and the Venezuelan driver was arrested.

Officials showed the truck with its side cut open to reveal a compartment behind the cab where the cocaine was hidden.

Venezuela has been a major route for cocaine trafficking in recent years. US and Colombian officials have said a majority of northbound smuggling flights originate in the country.

Reverol says the bust is one of many that have shown his government's commitment to combatting the flow of drugs.

Comments
  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-05 12:31

    firstly, it's a Tonne not a Ton. secondly, if this is pure uncut, it must be worth about what JZ paid to upgrade his palace...

  • jeremy.thewasp - 2012-11-05 12:45

    So a very quiet weekend coming for Hollywood then? Maybe this was a back order for Charlie Sheen?

  • zedfactor13 - 2012-11-05 13:40

    Headline says 1 Ton - article quotes 1.5 tons, BIG difference = 500kgs! Street value on average at $20K per kilo means the difference in volume/quantity of about $100 million DOLLARS! a significant DIFFERENCE and the value of the haul should be worth mentioning...

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