Venezuela charges 11 on drug seized in Dominican airport
Caracas.- Venezuela’s Attorney General on Wednesday charged nearly a dozen people, including an Interpol official and five national guards in connection with a shipment of drugs seized in the Dominican Republic in March, AP reports.
Interpol chief detective for Lara state (central) Eliecer Garcia Torrealba, 42, and National Guard Sgt. Onesimo Romero Hernandez, 34, were charged with drug trafficking and conspiracy, the Justice Ministry announced in a statement.
The two were arrested shortly after Dominican authorities apprehended five Venezuelans and seized 349 packages of drugs in a Dominican Republic airport, aboard a Cessna 404 aircraft which had taken off from the Venezuela city Barquisimeto on March 24.
Among those arrested in the Dominican Republic is the plane’s pilot and a man who allegedly waiting for the cargo at the airport.
“It is presumed that Garcia Torrealba using his position, coordinated the necessary actions within the Barquisimeto airport to ensure the plane departure with the cocaine,” the statement said.
The prosecutors also charged four National Guard sergeants and three airport security officers with drug trafficking “in the degree of immediate cooperators.”
May 12, 2016
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