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At international forum Sunad promotes cooperation in the fight against drugs

The National Anti-Drug Superintendent, M/G Richard López Vargas, highlighted the importance of strengthening international cooperation to combat illicit drug trafficking

Aiming towards the objective of strengthening action in matters of citizen security and achieving a free world without drugs, the National Anti-Drug Superintendency (Sunad), organized the International Forum on the “Importance of Bilateral Cooperation in the Fight against Illicit Drug Trafficking”,

The event was attended by ambassadors, members of the diplomatic and consular corps, and representatives of international bodies accredited in Venezuela; as well as members of the Venezuelan Anti-Drug Task Force and directors of the Sunad, the press release stated.

During the activity, the National Anti-Drug Superintendent, M/G Richard López Vargas, highlighted the importance of strengthening international cooperation to combat the illicit trafficking of these substances.

Likewise, he made reference to the World Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, which revealed an increase in consumption worldwide, with cannabis as the most used substance.

In his speech, López Vargas mentioned that 556 new psychoactive substances were identified on the market in 2022, which represents a worrying increase. Likewise, he said that in Venezuela, more than 25 tons of drugs have been seized in the year 2024 , with an increase of 5% compared to the previous year, mainly cocaine and cannabis.

In this regard, he indicated that bilateral cooperation has been fundamental in these seizures, and specified that regarding illicit crops, Venezuela has not had any reports in its territory in more than 10 years. “Although some cases related to crops from the neighboring country that reached the border have been detected. However, thanks to anti-drug operations, these crops were effectively eradicated,” he pointed out.

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