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Venezuela: Chavez Foe Convicted Over Remarks

Fri, 15 Jul 2011 07:00:00 GMT

Wall Street Journal, 15 Jul 2011 - CARACAS - A Venezuelan statesman and possible challenger to Hugo Chavez's presidential re-election bid was convicted of publicly saying the country has turned into a drug-trafficking center, in what human-rights groups say is a government tactic to silence its foes through the country's judiciary. Oswaldo Alvarez Paz, 68 years old, was convicted of spreading false information because he said last year on a television program that Venezuela "facilitates the business of drug trafficking."

Venezuela: Venezuela's Anti-Drug Efforts Fall Short, U.S. Says

Tue, 21 Jul 2009 07:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 21 Jul 2009 - A Report From the General Accounting Office Blames Corruption and Lack of Cooperation With the U.S. for an Increase in Cocaine Trafficking. Venezuela's Ambassador Calls It a 'Poor Analysis.' A breakdown in anti-drug cooperation between Venezuela and the United States has contributed to an alarming surge in cocaine trafficking from Venezuela, according to a report issued Monday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Venezuela: Venezuela's Drug-Trafficking Role Is Growing Fast, US

Sun, 19 Jul 2009 07:00:00 GMT

Washington Post, 19 Jul 2009 - Government Corruption, Aid to Colombian Rebels Are Cited BOGOTA, Colombia, -- A report for the U.S. Congress on drug smuggling through Venezuela concludes that corruption at high levels of President Hugo Chavez's government and state aid to Colombia's drug-trafficking guerrillas have made Venezuela a major launching pad for cocaine bound for the United States and Europe.

Venezuela: Alleging Coup Plot, Chavez Ousts U.S. Envoy

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 12 Sep 2008 - CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela said Thursday that he was expelling the American ambassador, Patrick Duddy, giving him 72 hours to leave the country. Mr. Chavez took this step after he said his government had discovered an American-supported plot by military officers to topple him. He also recalled his ambassador to Washington, Bernardo Alvarez, and explained his decision by expressing solidarity with Bolivia's embattled president, Evo Morales, who on Wednesday expelled the American ambassador there, Philip S. Goldberg, accusing him of supporting rebellious groups in eastern Bolivia..

US Waits For Changes In Venezuela

Wed, 03 Sep 2008 07:00:00 GMT

Miami Herald, 03 Sep 2008 - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government said Tuesday it needs to see changes from Venezuela's government before the two countries can have a better relationship in the fight against drugs. The comments followed Venezuelan President Hugo ChA!vez's warning that U.S. Ambassador Patrick Duddy risks expulsion after the ambassador said drug traffickers are taking advantage of the ''gap'' that exists between the United Stats and Venezuela.

Venezuela: Venezuela Steps Up Efforts to Thwart Cocaine Traffic

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 07:00:00 GMT

Washington Post, 07 Apr 2008 - ELORZA, Venezuela -- Facing criticism that cocaine trafficking is out of control, Venezuela's government this year has embarked on an aggressive program to track drug-smuggling planes and destroy clandestine airstrips used by Colombian drug clans, Venezuelan drug enforcement and military officials said in a series of interviews. In what appears to be a sharp shift from last year, Venezuelan aircraft and munitions experts have destroyed 157 dirt strips here in the grassy plains state of Apure, most of them in the last two weeks. The government has installed three new Chinese-made radar stations and plans to put up seven others that will completely cover Venezuelan airspace and permit authorities to track unidentified flights originating in neighboring Colombia.

Venezuela: Drug-Trafficking Suspect Will Be Tried in Venezuela

Tue, 11 Mar 2008 07:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar 2008 - Hermagoras Gonzalez Polanco, Alias Gordito, Also Faces Money Laundering and False Identity Charges, Officials Say. BOGOTA, COLOMBIA -- Venezuela, Colombia and the United States finally appear to agree on something: that drug trafficking suspect Hermagoras Gonzalez Polanco is a dangerous felon.

Venezuela: Colombian Drug Lord Shot Dead

Sat, 02 Feb 2008 08:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 02 Feb 2008 - Cartel Leader, With $5 Million Bounty on His Head, Found Shot to Death in Venezuela. BOGOTA, COLOMBIA -- Authorities in Venezuela said Friday that Wilber Varela, the leader of Colombia's Norte del Valle drug cartel, had been found shot to death in the Venezuelan resort town of Merida.

Venezuela: Chavez Says He Chews Coca Daily

Sun, 20 Jan 2008 08:00:00 GMT

Miami Herald, 20 Jan 2008 - Analysts Said Chavez's Comments Before National Assembly Amounted To a Dangerous Endorsement and Might Be An Admission Of An Illegal Act Venezuela's controversial President Hugo Chavez has revealed that he regularly consumes coca -- the source of cocaine -- raising questions about the legality of his actions.