Venezuela says it has seized a large shipment of US-made weapons aboard a cargo plane that had taken off from Miami, Florida, days after US President Donald Trump repeated his threats of taking military action against the Latin American country amid an ongoing political rift.
Representatives from the Venezuelan National Guard and the National Integrated Service of Customs and Tax Administration (SENIAT) found the weapons aboard a plane that had landed at the Arturo Michelena International Airport in the city of Valencia on February 3.
The official Twitter account of the Venezuela Public Safety Bureau posted pictures of the weapons bust on Wednesday, which included 19 rifles, 118 ammunition clips, high-caliber ammo and 90 communication devices.
Venezuelan authorities have launched an investigation to identify the source of the weapons.
After months of clashes over economic and political issues, Venezuela further plunged into crisis last month when Juan Guaido, the president of the national assembly of Venezuela, proclaimed himself “interim president” and urged President Nicolas Maduro to resign.
The Trump administration rushed to support the self-proclaimed Venezuelan president, warning Maduro that it would consider all options, including military action, to remove him from power should he refuse to step down peacefully.
Maduro has accused the US of orchestrating a “coup” against his government. He has also made it clear that he is open to dialogue with Guaido.