Caracas, Aug 27: Two Colombians have confessed to plotting to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said.
The two suspects -Victor Johan Gueche Mosquera, 22, and Erick Leonardo Huertas Rios, 18, are members of a criminal gang operating out of Colombia. They entered Venezuela illegally on August 13, Rodriguez said.
The two suspects belonged to a gang named after its ringleader Oscar Alcantara Gonzalez, who goes by the name Gancho Mosco.Alcantara Gonzalez is serving a sentence for recruiting underage delinquents to carry out homicides and drug trafficking.
Rodriguez said Alcantara's contact in Venezuela, identified as Alejandro Caicedo, helped the two suspects travel from Colombia's capital Bogota to the border city of Cucuta.
From there, they entered Venezuela through Tachira, and travelled by land to Valencia, capital of Carabobo state.
"We succeeded in locating them on August 15 and we succeeded in capturing them at the Guaracarumbo Hotel, on the Pan-American Highway that links Aragua state, through Mirada (state), to Caracas," Rodriguez said.
At the time of their arrest, the two Colombians had two laser-sight rifles and ammunition with them, bags with 10 Venezuelan army uniforms and a photo of Maduro and the president of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello.
Both the suspects confessed that they were here to kill Maduro.
This is the third time this year Venezuelan authorities have arrested Colombian citizens allegedly involved in assassination attempts or plots against the government.