Three Russians detained in Venezuela for attempting to smuggle 147 kg
The Prosecutor's Office of Venezuela reports that three Russian citizens turned out to be among 20 people detained for drug trafficking. Others were Venezuelans, Filipinos, and a Ukrainian.
The authorities of Venezuela arrested 20 people on charges of drug trafficking during a special operation, EFE reports. The detainees, from whom employees of the Bolivarian National Guard seized 147 kg of cocaine, include 13 Filipinos, three Russians, three Venezuelans and one Ukrainian.
In total, 124 bags of narcotics were seized from suspects in the northern state of Anzoátegi. This happened during an inspection by the employees of the anti-drug unit of the National Guard tanker Jose Progress in the Jose Antonio Anzoategui bay.
It is known that the ship under Panamanian flag headed for the Belgian port of Ghent. The tanker is currently arrested. All detainees, who have already been taken into custody, are accused of drug trafficking.
According to Corruption TV, the detained Russians are Alexander Kravtsov, Oleg Varkamov, and Mikhail Marasigan.
The diplomatic mission of Russia in Caracas has not yet confirmed the fact of the detention of Russian citizens.