Over one tonne cocaine seized in Venezuela

March 8th, 2011 - 11:26 am ICT by IANS  

Caracas, March 8 (IANS/EFE) A total of 1,176 kg of cocaine was seized from a private ranch in eastern Venezuela, police said.

Venezuelan National Guard commander Luis Motta said the drug was found in a stone hideout, equipped to foil tracking equipment, in Anzoategui state.

Cylinders made of lead were detected and the criminals used the material to avoid the X-rays of the detection machines, he said.

Several guns were confiscated and four Venezuelan nationals and a Colombian were arrested.

So far this year, 5.8 tonnes of cocaine have been seized. According to official figures, 24.6 tonnes were seized last year.

–IANS/EFE
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