3.3 Tons Of Cocaine Seized At Venezuelan La Guaira Seaport

Dec 8, 2004
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Cops seized 3.3 tons of cocaine at a Venezuelan seaport, bound for Mexico.

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Security forces seized 3.3 tons of cocaine during an anti-drug operation at one of Venezuela's main seaports Thursday, a top security official said.

Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said National Guard troops found the cocaine inside 1,680 boxes containing ceramic mix at La Guaira port. The cocaine was destined for Mexico, he said.

El Aissami told state television that two Venezuelans and a Mexican were arrested.

Venezuela has become one of South America's most important routes for smuggling drugs to the United States and Europe due to its proximity to Colombia, where most of the world's cocaine is produced and smuggled abroad by drug traffickers.

"We will continue battling to prevent these criminal organizations from using our territory," El Aissami said.

In a separate bust Thursday, National Guard troops arrested a U.S. citizen, Jose Alberto Reyes, after discovering 4 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside the man's luggage as he prepared to board a plane at La Chinita International Airport in the western city of Maracaibo, officials said. The flight was going to Madrid, Spain. Reyes' hometown in the U.S. was not released.

U.S. officials accuse Venezuela of failing to effectively combat drug smuggling through its territory.

El Aissami has said that U.S. officials should do more to stem the flow of drugs into the United States.

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BIV

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Co-FUCkING-caine
 

lajikal

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Taking a hammer to my tiles now.
 
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Well when I worked for a building supply company we used to sell cheap Columbian made toilets... and every once in a while we could not get stock as the container had been seized due to coke being hid in the turlets.

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Cocaine, Pot Found in Bathroom Cabinets

June 14, 2006 -- A plumber made a very odd discovery in Southwick, Massachusetts. He purchased a bathroom vanity assembly from a Home Depot, but when he opened it, he found kilos of cocaine and marijuana.

The Southwick Police Chief of Detectives Lt. Dennis Peterson said federal authorities are investigating similar cases in Massachusetts.

In Tweksbury, a couple received a vanity purchased at another Home Depot. Inside, they found a 50-pound container filled with marijuana. The heavy marble top of the vanity was missing.

According to Peterson, a third individual discovered large quantities of illegal drugs inside Home Depot merchandise.

Peterson would not provide the details of that incident but said it was part of the overall investigation and that Tewksbury police were working with their Southwick counterparts and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Tewksbury police and DEA officials conducted a search Tuesday of about 12 Home Depot stores statewide and found other bathroom vanities that contained drugs, Peterson said. He would not elaborate on how many drug caches were discovered in the search.

In each incident being investigated by Tewksbury Police, all of the merchandise boxes originated from a Texas location and were distributed through one Massachusetts warehouse, Peterson said.

"I'm sure the packages were being shipped to the distribution center and someone was supposed to intercept them," Peterson said. "So that person [who was supposed to intercept the packages] either wasn't on duty that day or the packages were marked wrong."

The Southwick and Tewksbury Police Departments both said The Home Depot was cooperating fully with their investigations, and no one employed by the company is a suspect at this time.

Both departments also said none of the customers who purchased the vanities that contained drugs are suspects.

In a written statement, The Home Depot said, "The company is cooperating with authorities as they investigate this matter, and we will support
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Norm Stansfield

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Amateur drug dealer is amateur. Just terrible, to neglect to pay off the locals like that. I bet the Venezuelan police have some perfectly affordable rates, too.

Now it's gonna cost him at least double to get his drugs back.