They arrested "Chiche Smith", accused of leading a drug trafficking group

Emilio Enrique Martínez, alias Chiche Smith, accused of being the head of a drug trafficking group, was captured this Saturday afternoon in Lechería (Anz), police sources said.  

The arrest of Chiche Smith was carried out by a commission of the Anti-Drug Directorate of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) on Américo Vespucio Avenue, Las Canoas residences, tower 7, Diego Bautista Urbaneja municipality (Lecherías), Anzoátegui.  

Chiche Smith presented an Interpol code red signed with the number 00-66-0070-2020. At the time of his arrest, he was carrying a false identification in the name of Guillermo Ramón Valera. Together with Martínez, they also practiced the capture of their daughter Merlis Migdali Martínez Chirinos. 

The name of Emilio Enrique Martínez came to light in April last year when the then Minister of Interior and Justice, Néstor Reverol, reported the dismantling of two drug trafficking groups that operated in Falcón and Carabobo. The Minister said that these two organizations worked with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  

Chiche Smith was listed by Reverol as the leader of the drug trafficking group based in Falcón; while the Carabobo organization was led by Raúl Ricardo del Gallego, captured in Caracas in April 2020 through the Romeo Golfo operation.  

According to what was reported by Minister Reverol, Chiche Smith created "a family clan" to legitimize capital through the purchase of companies and real estate. He also made an alliance with the DEA "to show that Venezuela is a permissive country with drug trafficking," said Minister Reverol Torres. 

This second cartel had two shipyards in Nueva Esparta and Sucre, 15 boats, 33 companies and 134 properties, assets that were detected and seized through 116 raids where 16 people were detained, according to what was revealed by the Minister. 



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