HomeNewsBriefVenezuela Politician Makes Narco-Corruption Claims
BRIEF

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.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

ELITES AND CRIME / 3 FEB 2022

Venezuela’s government has unleashed a new campaign targeting municipal and state officials, police commanders and prosecutors allegedly involved in extortion…

BOLIVIA / 29 DEC 2022

The US is losing allies in Latin America just as production of cocaine, fentanyl, and other synthetic drugs is going…

COLOMBIA / 22 AUG 2023

Hyperinflation is forcing Venezuelans to buy cheaper foodstuffs smuggled in from Colombia, putting the jobs of Venezuelan producers at risk.

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Contributes Expertise Across the Board 

22 SEP 2023

This week InSight Crime investigators Sara García and María Fernanda Ramírez led a discussion of the challenges posed by Colombian President Gustavo Petro’s “Total Peace” plan within urban contexts. The…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Cited in New Colombia Drug Policy Plan

15 SEP 2023

InSight Crime’s work on emerging coca cultivation in Honduras, Guatemala, and Venezuela was cited in the Colombian government’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Discusses Honduran Women's Prison Investigation

8 SEP 2023

Investigators Victoria Dittmar and María Fernanda Ramírez discussed InSight Crime’s recent investigation of a massacre in Honduras’ only women’s prison in a Twitter Spaces event on…

THE ORGANIZATION

Human Trafficking Investigation Published in Leading Mexican Newspaper

1 SEP 2023

Leading Mexican media outlet El Universal featured our most recent investigation, “The Geography of Human Trafficking on the US-Mexico Border,” on the front page of its August 30…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime's Coverage of Ecuador Leads International Debate

25 AUG 2023

This week, Jeremy McDermott, co-director of InSight Crime, was interviewed by La Sexta, a Spanish television channel, about the situation of extreme violence and insecurity in Ecuador…