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Old 08-27-2006, 07:25 AM
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Venezuela says US was smuggling

Venezuela says 16 out of 20 packages broke the rules
The authorities in Venezuela have accused the US embassy in Caracas of importing cargo illegally after halting lorries carrying diplomatic baggage.
Cargo found arriving at Caracas airport included parts for military aircraft ejector seats and chicken meat, said Interior Minister Jesse Chacon.

"Everything that doesn't pass through customs is contraband, we are talking about contraband here," he said.

Denying wrongdoing, the US demanded to know why diplomatic cargo was searched.

"The impounded cargo consisted of household effects of a US diplomat and a shipment of commissary goods," said US state department spokesman Edgar Vasquez.

The search, he added, had violated long-established procedures.

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