A balance of the “War on Drugs” being waged by Venezuela


December 15, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos – Translated from Mision Verdad.

CARACAS, Venezuela – The United States Drug Enforcement Agency is accused of supporting drug trafficking in Venezuela and devoting itself to spying on the Bolivarian Government: “We were monitoring it and it turns out that the DEA was using as a mask the fight against drugs to even support drug trafficking and intelligence against the government, “Chavez said at that time.

The consequent reality ratified these denunciations. The seizure of drugs in Venezuela doubled immediately. Meanwhile, during these DEA intelligence tasks in Venezuela, there were no captures of drug lords or people linked to international drug trafficking organizations. On the contrary, since 2005 the Venezuelan government’s security authorities have managed to capture more than 110 people or drug lords linked to drug trafficking and money laundering.

They stand out among the most wanted: Diego Pérez Henao; Maximiliano Bonilla, aka “El Valenciano”; the brothers Héctor and Nelson Buitrago Parada, alias “Martín Llanos” and “Caballo”; the Colombian Daniel Barrera Barrera, alias “El loco”, who was captured in San Cristóbal (Táchira), and whose capture deserved the express gratitude of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. In addition, Italian Genco Fara Vito was arrested, accused of being one of the members of the Sicilian mafia Cossa Nostra.

Likewise, an average of 55.7 tons of drugs per year have been seized, which were intended to transit through Venezuelan territory. This means a 60% increase in the effectiveness of the average annual seizure, compared to when the DEA maintained operations in the country. In addition, a single law was enacted on the continent for the interception, disablement, immobilization and deterrence of aircraft serving international drug trafficking.

Since that same year, around 100 aircraft have been neutralized using Venezuelan airspace to traffic illicit substances. The Spanish businessman Rafael Rubén Núñez Cencerrado, who was one of the most wanted in Spain, was also arrested because he was accused of being directly related to drug lords of the main Colombian drug cartels.

Jorge Milton Cifuentes, alias “JJ” or “Jota”, requested by the US, was captured in Anzoategui. Vasily Kotosky Villarroel Ramírez, who had “red diffusion by Interpol Venezuela and a green color for the United States,” was equally lucky. He was accused of being leader of the cartel of the 40s, financier and legitimizer of the illicit capitals of the Mexican cartel of Sinaloa, an organization that led the famous capo Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

According to the World Drug Report published by the United Nations (UN) in 2016, for eight years Venezuela has been among the top 10 countries with the largest seizures of drugs in the world, and in turn is in sixth place in drug seizures in Latin America.

Only in 2017 the National Anti-Drug Office (ONA) of Venezuela reported that 5,647 procedures related to illicit drug trafficking have been carried out, 727 belongings belonging to the criminal organizations that are being used by the state security agencies have been seized. attack precisely the drug trafficking. Corruption related to this illicit trade has been attacked: this year a large number of public officials of ports and airports and members of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) were arrested.

Every year Venezuela dismantles dozens of clandestine laboratories used for drug processing located on the border with Colombia. As shown, just four months ago the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and the ONA, during the beginning of Operation Paso del Tornado II, located two drug trafficking camps and 26 drug laboratories about 700 meters from the border with Colombia, in the municipality Jesús María Semprún.

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Venezuela, the DEA and the integral fight against drugs

The rupture with the DEA also did not isolate Venezuela from the anti-drug fight, since it maintains around 50 international agreements with 37 countries in this area, collaborates fully with the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (a body that depends on the Organization of the States). Americans -OEA-), with the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs and Interpol.

These agreements were established with Italy, Syria, the Dominican Republic, the Gambia, Russia, Ecuador, Guyana, the Netherlands, Argentina, Spain, among others, specifying comprehensive anti-drug strategy plans.

Venezuela is part of the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988; the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, as amended by the 1972 protocol; and the United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971.

It is also part of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its protocols against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, in addition to the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

Venezuela created a new Organic Law on Drugs, which replaces the old Organic Law against Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, which increased the period from 8 to 30 years in prison the potential penalties for crimes such as drug trafficking and other related crimes.

The Bolivarian Government’s fight against drug trafficking has been internationally recognized. In 2010, for example, the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (Grulac), in its statement made on March 8 of this year, in item 7 of the agenda entitled “Reduction of the Offer”, highlighted the efforts of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to have installed almost all of a radar system (10 in total) to strengthen the control of its airspace and combat the illicit trafficking of drugs and the systematic destruction of unauthorized tracks reduce drug trafficking by air.

But undoubtedly one of the most remarkable recognitions is that for many consecutive years the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (Onudd) has declared Venezuela as a country free of illicit crops.

The sad reality is that the same DEA declared that the cocaine production in Colombia increased by 35% between 2015 and 2016, going from 250 tons to 710 tons, “the current production levels are the highest reported” and the leaf crops of coca increased by 18% in 2016. This is what makes Vice President Tareck El Aissami right when he says that “we are victims of drug trafficking because we are among the largest drug producing country and the main consumer of drugs.”

Despite this geostrategic reality, the vast majority of the drug produced in Colombia, 80%, goes through the Colombian Pacific to avoid the controls that the Venezuelan Government has implemented.

The matrix of the “narco-state” itself has no real foothold, which recalls the words of President Chávez: “The DEA is not absolutely necessary for the fight against drug trafficking.” The continuity of this sovereign decision, among others, not only seeks to protect the territory of the global drug factory that represents Colombia, but to prevent that under that narrative is put on the board an armed adventure against the country in the style of the invasion of Panama in 1989.

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