Venezuela detains Sinaloa cartel members in conflict close to Colombia

About eight Venezuelan troopers have died through the operations, which have brought on about 5,000 individuals to flee throughout the border.

Venezuelan forces detained members of the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel throughout clashes with armed teams close to its western border with Colombia, a high Venezuelan army official stated on Friday.

Venezuela’s army on March 21 launched an offensive towards what officers known as irregular Colombian armed teams within the western state of Apure.

About eight Venezuelan troopers have died through the operations, which have brought on about 5,000 individuals to flee throughout the border.

“We even captured some people from the Sinaloa cartel,” the chief of Venezuela’s strategic operational command, Remigio Ceballos, stated in a phone name broadcast on state tv.

Ceballos didn’t specify the names of the individuals detained, nor what number of cartel members had been taken into custody. He stated some people from Brazil had been additionally detained, and stated all can be introduced to the nation’s courts.

The preventing occurred close to the border city of La Victoria, about 628 km (390 miles) southwest of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas.

Venezuela’s info ministry didn’t instantly reply to a request for additional particulars concerning the arrests.

Colombia’s authorities has stated that the Sinaloa cartel is energetic within the South American nation and has alliances with native insurgent teams, together with the Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN) and former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who’ve rejected a 2016 peace deal.

Venezuela, which this week created a particular army unit for the border area, has not specified which teams it’s preventing alongside the border.

Critics of President Nicolas Maduro have stated the fighters embody dissident FARC fighters who his authorities had beforehand accommodated.

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