Despite being renowned transit area for drug smuggling, Venezuela has also been recognised as a producer of narcotics. As such, three drug laboratories have been destroyed in Jesus Maria Semprum.
The Venezuelan state of Zulia is a high-traffic entry point for drug shipments from Colombia due to it being located on the Colombian border. There are two drug-trafficking routes used which involve Zulia and San Cristobal.
These routes are expected to see more activity due to Colombia regaining its position as the world’s number one coca cultivator, boasting the biggest numbers since 2007.
Another reason cited for increased activity is the official closing of the Colombia-Venezuela border at Tachira, thus pushing drug trafficking further north towards Zulia.