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  • A plane trafficking drugs and registered in the U.S. was rendered inoperable after illegally entering into Venezuelan airspace in the state of Zulia, Venezuela. September 15, 2020.

    A plane trafficking drugs and registered in the U.S. was rendered inoperable after illegally entering into Venezuelan airspace in the state of Zulia, Venezuela. September 15, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/@NestorLReverol

Published 15 September 2020
Opinion

Venezuela has initiatives designed to confront drug trafficking, mostly due to its geographic proximity to Colombia.

A plane registered in the United States containing a large shipment of drugs inside was rendered inoperable upon entering Zulia state, on the border with Colombia, as informed by Nestor Reverol, Minister of People's Power for Internal Affairs, Peace and Justice. 

As the official announced on his Twitter page, the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) detected the illegal aerial unit through the Comprehensive Aerospace Defense Command  (Codai) radars. 

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Afterward, all of the established protocols under the Law of Control for Comprehensive Aerospace Defense were activated, through which they were able to render it inoperable close to a secret runway in the Machiques de Perija municipality. The plane had U.S. tags and entered Venezuelan territory illegally. 

Zulia state and its authorities remain vigilant up against the incursion of individuals and vehicles attempting to allow drug trafficking to penetrate the nation. To this end, the FANB possesses the training and arms necessary to confront these illegal practices. 

Rendering inoperable the US-registered plane close to a hidden runway in the municipality of Machiques de Perija
 

Last week in the same region of Venezuela, 17 kilos of powdered cocaine hidden under the cushions in the back seat of a vehicle were seized by Venezuelan authorities.

Due to its close proximity to Colombia, a significant producer of illicit substances, Venezuela has numerous initiatives designed to confront drug trafficking and prevent the presence of such activities on Venezuelan soil.  

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