Venezuela authorities seized 330 kilos of cocaine and arrested two people, one a Colombian national, in two separate operations in Tachira, close to the border with Colombia.
Some 245 kilos were found in a vehicle on May 21, and then 85 kilos were found in a truck in the same place the following day. Due to the similarities in the way the drugs were packaged the head of the National Guard said it was likely that both seizures were from the same trafficking organization, reported Prensa Latina.
In the first four months of 2011, Venezuelan security forces have seized 15 tons of drugs, according to the Minister of the Interior and Justice Tarek Al Aissami. More than nine kilos of this was cocaine, according to the National Anti-Drug Office (ONA). Assami praised the security forces, especially the National Guard which is responsible for 6.9 tons of seizures this year.
This find comes days after Colombian authorities discovered 12 tons of cocaine in the Caribbean port of Cartagena, in a container headed for Mexico.
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