Venezuela detains three vessels

Subsidised petrol smuggled to neighbouring countries.

Venezuela detains three vessels for suspected fuel smuggling: navy

BY MIRCELY GUANIPA

Three vessels suspected of smuggling subsidized fuel from Venezuela’s refinery-rich Paraguana peninsula were detained this week by the country’s navy, a local commander said on Saturday.

Sources told Reuters on Monday that seven people had been arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle diesel in a tanker owned by state oil company PDVSA.

Admiral Andres Gomez, commander of a local navy unit, confirmed tanker ‘Negra Hipolita’ was found with an excess load of 50,000 barrels of diesel fuel at the Cardon refinery.

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Source: reuters.com

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