Sep 16, 2020 16:49 UTC
  •  Venezuela says it has downed yet another US drug plane

Venezuela’s army has shot down a US-registered aircraft carrying drugs, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol says.

The Tuesday announcement was reminiscent of one in July, when the Strategic Command Operations of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (CEOFANB) made a similar statement.

"Disrupted drug trafficking aircraft with US registration, which illegally entered Venezuelan airspace through the state of Zulia," Reverol said on Twitter. "After detecting the illegal air unit with the radars of the Comprehensive Aerospace Defense Command (#Codai), the #Fanb officials activated all the protocols established in the Control Law for the Comprehensive Defense of Airspace."

He was referring to a law authorizing the destruction of any suspected cartel plane operating in country's airspace.

“We remain on permanent alert, monitoring our airspace to prevent it from being used for illicit drug trafficking from Colombia, which is the largest producer of cocaine in the world,” the interior minister added.

Another plane with a US registration number was destroyed by fighter jets while intruding into Venezuelan airspace on July 8.

In 2013, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signed a law to shoot down any plane belonging to the narco-mafia that illegally crosses the country's airspace.