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Venezuela Politician Makes Narco-Corruption Claims

CARTEL OF THE SUNS / 12 MAY 2011 BY VANESSA PAZ LECOMPTE EN

A local politician from the state of Anzoategui, northeast Venezuela, has publicly reported a number of soldiers to the authorities for alleged links with drug trafficking.

Solangel Abreu told the district attorney's office that there are some 12 active low-ranking soldiers involved in drug trafficking in the state.

Abreu presented photographs of mansions, villas, yachts, farms and land belonging to sergeants and officers of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana, FANB), which she said were impossible to buy on their salaries.

The politician said that if the Public Ministry fails to investigate, she will name the men publicly, reports El Universal.

The allegations come soon after drug kingpin Walid Makled was formally charged in Venezuela, after being extradited from Colombia. Makled claims he has evidence that high government and military officials were involved in narcotics trafficking.

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