Venezuelan cocaine smugglers set fire to planes after they have been used once to bring drugs to the US because the trade is so lucrative
- Aircraft are thrown away or set on fire after landing on secret runways in Honduras
- Many carry medicines that have been grown and produced in Colombia
- The number of suspicious drug flights from Venezuela rose to almost daily last year
Cocaine traffickers are flaring aircraft after they have only used them once to bring their product to the US, it has been shown.
The planes are either thrown away or set on fire after landing on secret runways in Honduras after a trip from nearby Venezuela.
Many carry drugs that have been grown and manufactured in Colombia and are part of a cocaine highway.
The amount of money earned from drug smuggling means that smugglers are not bothered by dumping the aircraft once they have been used. Depicted are 2.6 tonnes of cocaine seized in Zulia, Venezuela
Many carry drugs that have been grown and manufactured in Colombia and are part of a cocaine highway. Depicted is a clandestine laboratory for cocaine production, located 2 km from the border with Colombia
Aircraft are now departing from Zulia in Venezuela, just as it is closer to the American border and saving traffickers on flight times
And now CNN has discovered that the number of flights to Honduras, and therefore the amount of cocaine traveling to the US, is only increasing.
It turned out that the number of suspected drug flights from Venezuela has increased from about two flights per week in 2017 to almost one per day in 2018.
Most now depart from Zulia in Venezuela, just as it is closer to the American border and saves traffickers on flight times.
And human traffickers take advantage of the current political turmoil and unrest to increase the number of flights leaving the country.
With an American official telling CNN: & # 39; Drug smugglers are increasingly making use of the complicity of the Venezuelan authorities and more recently of the vacuum of power. & # 39;
The amount of money earned from drug smuggling means that smugglers are not bothered by dumping the aircraft once they have been used. With the news channel discovered that many of the planes are originally from the US.
It is estimated that around 240 tonnes of cocaine were flown from Colombia to Colombia in the past year to be flown out of the country.
An amount that, according to estimates by the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime, would cost around $ 39 billion on the streets of the US, CNN said.
It comes after years of US accusation of high-ranking Venezuelan drug trafficking officials, with the number two Diosdado Cabello of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in May 2018, allegedly sanctioned for allegedly involved in drug trafficking activities. Something he denies.
It was estimated that around 240 tonnes of cocaine came from Colombia to Colombia last year (photo) to then fly out of the country
Nicolas Maduro & # 39; s number two Diosdado Cabello was sanctioned in May 2018 for allegedly involved in drug trafficking activities
President Donald Trump has taken steps to isolate the position of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who holds power with the help of other countries, including Cuba, China and Russia.
It comes after a number of random power cuts in the country that crippled hospitals and left neighborhoods without water.
The government of Maduro has blamed the US sabotage for the massive power outages that have robbed millions of power and & # 39; electromagnetic, cyber and physical & # 39; attacks have accused the Guri hydroelectric power station, which produces 80 percent of the country's energy.
The opposition blames the failure to maintain the critical infrastructure and Juan Guaido on Saturday launched what he promised to be a & # 39; final & # 39; escalation of pressure would be to force the position of the left-wing leader of the country from his position.