Venezuela Arrests Four More in Air France Cocaine Bust

Monday, 21 Oct 2013 05:49 AM

 

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CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan authorities arrested four more people Friday linked to a foiled attempt to smuggle 1.3 tons of cocaine into Paris from Caracas on an Air France jet.

The latest arrests raised to 28 the number of people taken into custody in Venezuela since French authorities seized the shipment last month, the largest bust ever on French soil.

The four were employees of the Maiquetia International Airport, which serves Caracas and where the Air France flight originated September 11.

Those detained include eight members of Venezuela's National Guard, various airport officials, and an Air France employee.

Three Italians and two Britons have also been apprehended in France.

Venezuela is said to be a transit point for South American cocaine flowing to Europe and the United States.

© AFP 2014

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