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Venezuela fights cocaine production and trafficking near colombian border.

Minister Tareck El Aissami is fighting criminals in the Venezuela-Colombia border.

Venezuelan authorities this year have destroyed 17 drug processing laboratories in the border with Colombia that had the capacity to produce three tons of cocaine a month, said on Wednesday the venezuelan Minister of the Interior, Tarek El Aissami  to reporters during a tour of the town of La Fria, Tachira in the state, bordering Colombia.

El Aissami statements coincided with Hugo Chavez absence to Cuba, where he is getting a chemotherapy treatment against cancer.

The venezuelan government has been promoting this month’s Operation “Sierra 23”  in the border states of Tachira and Zulia, with the deployment of 1,300 members of the Armed Forces, said El Aissami. Thanks to this action , the authorities dismantled four drug labs and arrested three Venezuelans and one Colombian.

“We deployed all that in our border with Colombia (…), using air and land forces” to detect and destroy the illicit crop cultivation and processing laboratories of drug, he said.

The official explained that these operations also prevent irregular groups like FARC to install in inaccessible areas of the jungle common border area, about 2,200 km long.

“We are reaching the most intricate of the southwestern border of our country, where there are threats to the sovereignty, security or bandits want to penetrate our territory to carry out criminal activities,” agreed the venezuelan General Henry Rangel, a senior military commander who commands the operating in the area.

El Aissami said that these actions “have additional strength” due to the “extraordinary good relationship” with the Colombian government, to facilitate joint operations against irregular groups or criminal gangs.

“We carried out joint actions, each one from its territory, with the common purpose of preventing our borders from being misuesd by these criminal organizations,” said the minister.