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Cocaine smugglers are torching planes after using them just once to get their product to the US, it has been revealed.
The planes are either discarded or set on fire after landing on secret runways in Honduras having traveled from nearby Venezuela.
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Many are carrying drugs which have been grown and manufactured in Colombia and form part of a cocaine superhighway.
And now CNN has found that the number of flights to Honduras, and therefore the amount of cocaine travelling to the US, is only increasing.
Number - Drug - Flights - Venezuela - Flights
It found that the number of suspected drug flights from Venezuela has risen from around two flights per week in 2017 to nearly one a day in 2018.
Most are now departing from Zulia in Venezuela as is it closer to the American border saving traffickers on flying time.
Traffickers - Advantage - Turmoil - Unrest - Number
And traffickers are taking advantage of the current political turmoil and unrest to increase the number of flights leaving the country.
With one US official telling CNN: 'Drug smugglers are more and more exploiting the complicity of Venezuelan authorities, and more recently the vacuum of power.'
Amount - Money - Trafficking - Drugs - Means
The amount of money being made from the trafficking of drugs means that smugglers are not bothered about dumping the planes once used. With the news channel finding many of the planes to have...
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