Caracas (TSN) – Venezuelan authorities seized a bunch of U.S-made weapons during an operation in the Aducarga storage yard at the Arturo Michelena International Airport, in the state of Valencia.
The Deputy Minister of Prevention and Citizen Security of Venezuela, Endes Palencia wrote on Twitter that the arms came from Miami.
During the operation, members of Command of Area 41 of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) and officials of the National Integrated Service of Customs and Tax Administration (Seniat) were present.
The Prosecutor’s Office ordered the investigation to find those responsible for financing groups that want to threaten the peace and order of the Bolivarian Republic.
“19 rifles, 118 rifle chargers, 4 rifle holders 3 gun sights, 90 radio antennas, 6 telephones were found in the storage yard of the Valencia airport which entered the country # 3Feb in the Air Bus N881YV from Miami, USA # 5Feb,” the deputy minister wrote.
✔118 cargadores de fusil
✔4 porta fusil
✔3 miras para fusil
✔90 antenas de radio
✔6 teléfonos fueron hallados en el patio de almacenamiento del aeropuerto de Valencia los cuales ingresaron al país el #3Feb en el Air Bus N881YV procedente de Miami,EEUU #5Feb pic.twitter.com/5wnBFnxaFt
— GD Endes Palencia Ortiz (@PalenciaEndes) February 5, 2019
The arms were allegedly linked to groups attempting a failed coup in Venezuela. The government reinforced security in port, air terminals, customs zones to guarantee security.
This operation came at a time when the U.S. President Donald Trump expressed full support for the Venezuelan opposition among whom Juan Guaido illegally declared himself an interim president of the country.
The attempted coup, supported by the interventionist North American country, was slammed by the legally and democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro who has been calling for peace talks and dialogue with the right-wing opposition to end the political standoff.
This post was originally written for and published by teleSUR English and appears here with permission.