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The Sinaloa Cartel infiltrated Maiquetía

It’s been a while since Venezuela’s anti-narcotics organisms have been having their alarms ringing. Now that the drug has been connected once again to the Bolivarian Government elites, it’s good to remember that the main airport in Caracas served as an aerial bridge for the largest Cartel in the hemisphere, the Chapo Guzmán’s. And it did it, surprising as it is, next to the presidential hangar.

11/11/2015 10:09:13 AM

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(*) This reportage was originally published on June 16th 2013 on the journal El Universal.

A DC-9 plane coming from Venezuela appeared as a touristic charter, but on April 10th 2006 it landed on the southern shores of Mexico not precisely with passengers in shorts and beach wear, but with 128 suitcases packed with cocaine. Although the scandal diluted itself after the Government denied that the drugs were loaded in the country, some documents filed on Mexican courts expose that drug trafficking cells used the Simón Bolívar International Airport on Maiquetía as an air bridge on this and other occasions.

The then president of the National Anti-Drugs Office, Luis Correa, assured that the felony wasn’t committed on Maiquetía. “I cannot say if the plane landed on Colombia, Panama or any other place, but we have hard evidence that it took off empty from Venezuela”, he pointed out on April 25th 2006, two weeks after the incident.

What Correa didn’t say was that behind this operation was no less than the Sinaloa Cartel. Since then nor this or any other Venezuelan functionary has noticed that the biggest criminal organization in Mexico had infiltrated the Maiquetía Airport, and not even once or twice…

This information comes from a sentence dictated by the Mexican State’s Fifth Court on Federal Criminal Proceedings on June 23rd 2009, and which details are known now that the Mexican State made them public by a request made for this journalistic work.

According to that document, several of the planes that were mentioned during the trial as part of the Sinaloa Cartel’s fleet, match with the acronyms and characteristics of a series of aircrafts that, during the years 2005 and 2006, came and went without problems by the most important airport in the country.