The once-largest oil exporter, Venezuela has become an emerging power in the production and processing of illicit drugs, thanks to the regime of Nicolás Maduro , which has given the control of the territory to the narco-guerrillas of colombia, the FARC and the ELN , who operate freely in the caribbean country.
The complaint made to the ABC by the director of FundaREDES, Javier Tarazona , a venezuelan NGO that deals with human rights and education, whose concern for the serious expansion of the irregular armed groups has led to a campaign of alerts in Europe and in Latin America before the IACHR of the OAS, the UN and the International Criminal Court.
"What worries me is the indifference of the institutions, either in Venezuela or Colombia in combating drug trafficking, which has allowed, in some way, the expansion of the irregular groups of criminals," said Tarazona to ABC after his visit in the General Prosecutor's office of Bogotá, where according to the maps and the documented evidence of the presence of the FARC and the ELN in the bolivarian country.
The presence of the narco-guerrillas of the colombian located in 17 of the 23 states of Venezuela. "What's worse is that the leaders of the FARC and Ivan Marquez and Jesus Santrich , among others, operating from the palace of Miraflores, the seat of power in Caracas, which protects and finances, and treats them as ministers bodyguards", says Tarazona.
In total exist in the country a few 28 groups, irregular armed , both domestic and foreign, but the ringleaders of the gangs in colombia that are eight fronts guerrillas in the so-called alliance between the ELN and the FARC, has expanded its drug trafficking to the venezuelan coasts from the east to the Dutch islands, Curaçao and Aruba, and the east in the Caribbean off the island of Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana.The cartel of the Suns
Venezuela is not only a bridge for the illicit export of cocaine from Colombia, but now cultivates, produces and process narcotics, in "quantities emerging but important" due to the links between narco-guerrillas and the cartel of the Suns, integrated by the military leadership of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB)," he adds.
The FARC and the ELN are the first employer in the border. "What we see in the states of Táchira, Zulia, Apure, Barinas, Falcón, Aragua, Sucre, where they have been expropriated or confiscated farms and ranches producing cattle. As the labor of venezuelan oil is cheap and paid in dollars then you have a labour market captive for their illicit operations," he says.
The drug gangs have 228.294 weapons that have been declared as missing in the battalions of the bolivarian army would be in power of the narco-guerrillas of the colombian", says Tarazona.to Protect deposits
in Addition to the trafficking of these weapons are also used in other new activities that he has entrusted the regime as the exploitation of the Arch Mining in the Orinoco river, Bolivar state, southern Venezuela, where they protect large concessions for deposits of gold, coltan and diamond contractors, the chinese, russians, palestinians, and turks.
"These armed groups are violent and to behead those who betray or steal materials. We have recorded 1.200 disappearances in 2018 and so far this year already doubled the previous figure," he adds, mentioning that the populations of indigenous peoples of Bolivar and Amazonas are affected the most.
he Said that the narco-guerrillas of the colombian controls five radio stations in its area of influence to the border. It also has social power. "The regime of Maduro has given the distribution of bags of food, CLAP (Local Committee of Management and Production) to the chavistas with the registered id of the fatherland".
through their foundation, Tarazona receives the data from the criminal activities of the FARC and the ELN from the own officers and venezuelan soldiers under anonymity that are not in accordance with their illicit operations in the country. "we have well detected. Many have deserted the ranks of the army and have gone over to the side of John Guaidó, the interim president of Venezuela and president of the National Assembly, who has all the necessary information".
Asked about the operation Guaicaipuro Maduro has deployed this week in Táchira with an army of 3,000 armed men on the border, Tarazona said that it was just a show to distract attention from the real conflict that is the penetration of the narco-guerrillas of the colombian in Venezuela, now converted into a country power of the drug cultivation.
in view of the reduction of the oil production and the loss of income as a main source of foreign exchange, the cartel of the Suns has resorted to drug trafficking handled by the FARC and the ELN as your source of income alternate, but at a social cost bloody that would compete with the mexican cartels and central american.Updated Date: 22 September 2019, 18:01