The Venezuela-Europe drug connection

AP reports 17 people have been arrested in Curacao "for involvement in Hezbollah-linked drug ring". There were Venezuelan, Colombian, Curacao and Cuban citizens involved. The ring would be involved in sending cocaine produced in Colombia (and now Venezuela?) via Venezuela and from there through Western Africa to Europe. The proceeds would in part help to finance Hezbollah and also provide arms from Venezuela to the militias in Lebanon.

I have been reading news source on how drug dealers use now the Orinoco, specially the Delta, as a base for drug transports to Western Africa. I want to post on that in an upcoming post on the Orinoco.

How far are Venezuelan officials involved in this problem?

I had written a couple of things on this already here and here: