The detainees were captured in the middle of a border operation between Venezuela and Colombia
Venezuela reported that it captured members of the Sinaloa Cartel, amid operations in a border region with Colombia, according to a senior military official, days after the country’s armed forces confronted irregular groups.
On March 21, the Venezuelan armed forces launched an offensive against Colombian armed groups, in the town of La Victoria, Apure state, and in other areas near the border. In these clashes at least eight soldiers have died, and they have led to the displacement of some five thousand people to the neighboring country.
“We even captured some individuals from the Sinaloa and Brazil Cartel who came from there and well, they are at the order of justice,” said Remigio Ceballos, head of the Strategic Operational Command of the Venezuelan armed force, in telephone contact with the state television.
The identity of the detainees is unknown
The official, who did not provide information on the names or number of those detained, said the cartel members were brought to court. Ceballos added that some aircraft that were used for drug trafficking were detected, without offering further details.
Venezuela’s Ministry of Communication and Information did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the arrests.
The Colombian government has said that the Sinaloa Cartel is the most active in drug trafficking in the country, with links in different regions of the country with the National Liberation Army (ELN), the FARC dissidents, and the Gulf Clan.
Venezuela recently created a special military command in a border area with Colombia, where there have been clashes, and it has not specified which groups it is fighting. Critics of President Nicolás Maduro say the fighters include dissident FARC guerrillas.