The Bolivarian National Armed Forces implemented an operation after seeing a suspicious vessel on the coast of the Puerto Escondido sector, in the state of Falcon.
The Venezuelan authorities seized last weekend the largest maritime shipment of marijuana in the last decade, as reported on Monday by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB).
FANB aircraft identified a suspicious vessel 4.5 nautical miles north of the coast of the Puerto Escondido sector, in Cape San Roman, in the state of Falcon.
“When it is spotted by our aircraft, the territorial defense plan is activated and it is pursued by our boats. When observing this boat and requesting inspection, it launches some objects and we assume, from the distance, that they were weapons,” said the strategic commander FANB officer, General Domingo Hernandez Larez, in a transmission.
Authorities seized 2,856 kilograms of marijuana and 7.7 kilograms of cocaine in a penero-type boat. In addition, they seized two navigation GPS, a satellite phone, a radio transmitter and 33 200-liter drums of fuel.
“It is the largest seizure of drugs, specifically marijuana, in the last 10 years,” said Hernandez Larez.
BREAKING RECORD! Operation Cacique Manaure Sep2022, deployed by the Fanb and the Citizen Security Organizations, achieved the largest seizure of marijuana in 10 years and is the largest in the modality of shipping drugs by boat, in the last 2 years in the country. pic.twitter.com/qSVINjaGfA
— MG. Richard Lopez Vargas (@LopezvargasR) September 5, 2022