The intensification of Venezuela's anti-drugs campaign is beginning to show encouraging results.
1. SVs Confiscated light plane, custom seal on door. (3 SHOTS) 0.22
2. SVs INTERIOR Drugs haul in aircraft PAN over drugs, measuring device showing size of drugs packets. (2 SHOTS) 0.52
3. CU Drugs powder packaged and shown to cameras. 1.06
4. SV PAN ALONG Drugs haul, officials and detained men look on. 1.20
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Background: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
The intensification of Venezuela's anti-drugs campaign is beginning to show encouraging results. On August 15, narcotics squad officers announced the country's largest-ever seizure of cocaine - 667 kilograms (approximately 1467 pounds) - found in a private two-engined aircraft. According to local officials, the haul had a street value of 3,200 million bolivars (253 million US dollars), and the aircraft, confiscated by customs authorities, was worth a further 8 million US dollars. Agents of DISIP (National Police) disclosed that the cocaine had a purity of 990 per cent, and that it was primarily destined for the huge United States market. Authorities believe that the cocaine was smuggled into Caracas from neighbouring Columbia, considered by United States narcotics agents as the hemisphere's major source of drug production and distribution. In late July, Venezuelan agents seized another 75 kilograms (165 pounds) in a Caracas suburb. This shipment was also believed to have been brought into the country overland from Colombia, with most of the haul apparently destined for overseas markets. Venezuela's President Jaime Lusinchi recently called upon his fellow political leaders in Latin America to intensify the international campaign against drug abuse and trafficking.
Source: REUTERS - HECTOR ZAS THODE/CHANNEL 8 CARACAS