a few weeks of the first encounter with R.L., the contact was resumed. On this
occasion, he was asked about the availability of Taxol, Doxorubicin and
and Tamoxifen only. Doxorubicin has been out of stock for a month and a half.
And there is none in Venezuela.
And do you know when you will have it again?
No idea, my friend. I have to wait for the early month orders to see if it
more or less? Just to be aware.
the 5th to 10th of each month.
dialogue would provide a first version to refute the explanation that R.L. then
offered to describe how his network works. This will happen at the third
encounter, when the customer revealed herself as a practicing
is ordered, an vial that requires refrigeration and for which Bs. 13,000 (equal
to US$ 13 on the black market) will be paid, this time in cash and in hand. R.L.
ensures that the cold chain for the medication was maintained. In fact, to do
the delivery, he requires you to bring an ice box. After completing the
requirement, he adds: "I have Paclitaxel of 300 mg, which is the same as Taxol".
This information will also serve to clarify the origin of R.L.’s
next encounter for the delivery is scheduled at three in the afternoon at the
food fair of Expreso Chacaíto mall, in the geographic center of Caracas, on the
border between the Libertador and Chacao municipalities. Once again, he seems to
be a cordial and good-looking young man, with a neat cut beard, soft manners,
and clothing intended to be trending. The novelty is that this time, he does not
come alone. He is flanked by a group of five men. All wait seated, many of them
with ice boxes. R.L. said that they are friends and denied that they work
together or that they even know what he is doing. In the exchange, he looks
calmed, does not hide when he takes the Paclitaxel out of his ice box or when he
takes the envelope with 130 bills of Bs. 100 that the reporter gives to him,
neither when he offers and shows the filter that is needed to apply the
exchange concludes in less time than in La Guaira. One of those accompanying
R.L. stands up from the table "to watch" something that the reporter cannot
understand. He returns after a while. He is big, the most corpulent of the
group. After receiving the Paclitaxel and leaving the place, the group remained
a while longer, moved around the fair, returned to the site and left again.
Later, it was verified that some of them watch out the area, like the watchmen
of the organized crime.