04/20/2021

79% of the US military bases in Colombia are located in departments where there are illicit crops

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President Nicolás Maduro assured that “all drugs seized in Venezuela come from Colombia, from the Colombian narco-state, led by a mobster who is Iván Duque.”

The statements were made during a speech in which he touched on the issue of the fight against drug trafficking in Venezuela. He said, citing the UN and the US Government Department of State, that Colombia produces 70% of all the cocaine in the world.

He said that the Venezuelan territory is the victim of 8% of Colombian drug trafficking. He also recalled that 79% of US military bases are located in departments where there are illicit crops, revealing the indisputable truth of the supportive relationship that the United States maintains with drug trafficking in Colombia.

Officially 7 bases, Palanquero air base (center), Apiay (east) and Malambo (Caribbean, north); the Army forts Tres Esquinas (south) and Tolemaida (center), and the naval bases of Cartagena (Caribbean) and Bahía Málaga (Pacific, west).

Although it is exposed to the largest drug producer in the region, Venezuela has achieved outstanding figures in the eradication of this scourge and the political decisions made by the National Government with respect to sovereignty in the anti-drug organizations have had a lot to do with it. This is what the president made when comparing between the results before and after the expulsion of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

During the years that the DEA was in the country (1999-2004), 209 tons of drugs were seized. Five years after the expulsion of that US agency, seizures increased 44%, to add 374 tons, said the president.

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From 2005 to 2021, the Bolivarian National Guard, the Bolivarian National Police and the National Anti-Drug Organization seized 813.7 tons of drugs, the majority from Colombia, constituting a world record. “This is equivalent to more than 30 billion dollars seized in drugs,” said the Venezuelan president.

On that day he proceeded to officially deliver a bill for the fight against drugs to the National Assembly and decreed the creation of the National Superintendency of the Fight Against Drugs, “an institution of the highest operational and political level for the battle against drug trafficking, “he says. Major Richard Jesús López Vargas was appointed to lead the entity.

The fight of Colombia and the United States against drugs and drug trafficking in Colombia carried out through Plan Colombia was a failure. This is the first conclusion reached by the US Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission, whose report was released on Thursday, December 3, 2020.

The document says that although Plan Colombia was a success in the fight against the insurgency in the country, “it was a failure in the fight against drugs. The country is the largest producer of cocaine in the world, despite decades of US-supported efforts to eradicate crops and intercept shipments. The amount of coca cultivated reached a record 212,000 hectares in 2019 more info