Published: December 27, 2010
Venezuela has detained 12,376 people on drug-related charges this year, about 40 percent more than in 2009, the authorities said Monday. The government said the figures showed the success of its anti-narcotics policy. But they also indicate that Venezuela remains an important route for illegal drugs, mainly from Colombia to consumers in Europe and the United States. The number reflects the number of arrests through mid-December, compared with 8,741 for all of 2009, the National Drugs Office said.