Interior Minister: Venezuelan army has found no guerrillas
Defense Minister Henry Rangel Silva upheld last week that the army had detained 10 suspects
"We were deployed in each coordinate provided by the Colombian government. The armed forces continue deployed. However, so far, we have no indication of irregular groups present in our territory," Venezuelan Minister of the Interior and Justice Tareck El Aissami declared on Thursday.
"We reviewed; nothing would point to the presence of outlaws," El Aissami explained after the destruction of clandestine runways in Riecito, 45 kilometers from the Colombia-Venezuela border in Apure state, Efe reported.
Nevertheless, Defense Minister Henry Rangel Silva upheld last week that the army had detained 10 suspects and was investigating whether they belonged to the guerrilla group that killed 12 Colombian troops last May 21 in the Goajira region.
Luis Jiménez Alfaro seems to have hidden under the rocks. The last time he was seen was on April 2006 walking calmly around Simón Bolívar International Airport of Maiquetía, located nearby Caracas. At that time, more than five tons of cocaine arrived in Mexico in an airplane which took off from Venezuela, and his name featured as a missing piece of the puzzle of one of the most massive drug shipments that has been witnessed in the Western Hemisphere.