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Venezuela nabs $672,000 in buried drug money

Published on Nov 25, 2012 6:00 AM

CARACAS (AFP) - Venezuelan authorities found buried underground more than a half million dollars allegedly belonging to traffickers who ship drugs from Colombia to Central America, police said on Saturday.

The US$550,000 (S$672,430) in cash was buried in a plastic bag at an illegal camp near the Meta River in the western state of Apure, the anti-drug office said in a statement.

The camp was used by an international drug trafficking gang "for the concealment of drugs, money, fuel and spare aircraft that departed from unauthorized runways nearby," the statement explained.

The gang uses Venezuela as a stopover spot to ferry drugs from Colombia to Central America, it added.

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