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Colombia seizes 6,000 gallons of smuggled Venezuelan gasoline
FILE - In this March 7, 2008 file photo, smugglers cross the Tachira River carrying Venezuela gasoline into Colombia, in Cucuta, at the Colombian border with Venezuela. President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the closure of a major border crossing with Colombia after three soldiers were attacked while looking for smugglers. Maduro late Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, said the normally busy border in western Tachira state would remain closed for 72 hours. (AP Photo/William Fernando Martinez, File)

Colombia seizes 6,000 gallons of smuggled Venezuelan gasoline

BOGOTA: The Colombian army seized 6,298 gallons (22,710 liters) of contraband Venezuelan gasoline and detained six people on smuggling charges, the military said.
The operation was carried out by troops from the Juan Jose Rondon Armored Cavalry Battalion in the northern province of La Guajira, along the border with Venezuela, the army said in a statement.
The smugglers offered the troops money to allow them to pass, the report said.
The six individuals detained and the vehicles they used to carry the fuel were placed at the disposition of prosecutors.
Authorities said the profits from the sale of gasoline were destined for illegal armed groups operating in the Caribbean region of Colombia.
Smuggling fuel from oil-rich Venezuela to Colombia has long been a profitable business, as Venezuelans pay some of the lowest prices in the world for gasoline.