Venezuela’s anti-drug policies more effective without DEA

Source – Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela: Since Venezuela severely broke relations with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in August 2005, the South American nation has achieved 60% effectiveness in the enforcement of anti-drug policies.

The incineration of narcotics, the capture of people involved in drug trafficking and launch of campaigns to prevent the consumption and sale of illegal substances are part of the pillars of this anti-drug policy, led by the National Anti-Drug Office (ONA), with support of the National Anti-Drug Fund since 2009.

Since 2005, Venezuela has managed to seize an annual average of 56.6 tons. With the DEA in Venezuelan soil the annual average was 34.9 tons.

For its outstanding anti-drug management, Venezuela has been recognized by the United Nations (UN). In 2007, the multilateral body ranked Venezuela 3rd in the world in the fight against drug trafficking.

Despite these results, the U.S. government (one of the countries with the highest consumption of drugs in the region) has insisted on linking Venezuela with drug trafficking through an ongoing smear campaign against the Bolivarian Revolution.

The latest U.S. attack was against the Vice President, Tareck El Aissami. The Treasury Department links him to an alleged drug trafficking network. El Aissami has been one of the figures of the Revolution that has fought most against drug trafficking in Venezuela and in the region.

While heading the ministry of Interior Relations, Justice and Peace, from 2008 to 2013, 102 heads of criminal drug trafficking organizations were arrested and brought to the Venezuelan justice, 21 of them were extradited to the US; and 52 anti-drug cooperation agreements were signed with 38 countries, including Italy, Syria, Dominican Republic, Gambia, Russia, Ecuador, Guyana, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

In 2012, during his administration, Venezuela approved a law enabling the interdiction of any drug-trafficking aircraft violating the Venezuelan airspace. Thanks to this modern legal instrument, Venezuela has destroyed, disabled or brought down over 100 aircrafts belonging to the drugs transport structure from Colombia and neighboring countries illegally flying over our territory.