Venezuela seizes over a tonne of cocaine

Security troops bust a shipment of 1.4 metric tonnes of cocaine hidden in a cargo lorry that arrived from Colombia.

    Reverol, at left, said that the vehicle carrying cocaine came from neighbouring Colombia [GALLO/GETTY]
    Reverol, at left, said that the vehicle carrying cocaine came from neighbouring Colombia [GALLO/GETTY]

    Venezuelan National Guard troops have seized a shipment of 1.4 metric tonnes of cocaine stashed in a compartment in
    a cargo lorry.

    Nestor Reverol, justice minister, announced Sunday's bust on television, saying the lorry 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 said the bust is one of many that have shown his government's commitment to combatting the flow of drugs.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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