Venezuelan smugglers defy border crackdown as economic distortions lead to huge profits

March 18, 2015 4:05 PM

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Venezuelan smugglers defy border crackdown as economic distortions lead to huge profits

In this Monday, March 9, 2015 photo, Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guard officers handle seized merchandise that was being smuggled as others stand guard during a mission to stem the flow of contraband in San Antonio, Venezuela. President Nicolas Maduro almost daily blames the smuggling as a tool used by his enemies and business elites fighting an economic war to oust his socialist government from power. (AP Photo/Eliecer Mantilla) (The Associated Press)

In this Saturday, March 7, 2015 photo, a customer buys milk smuggled from Venezuela at a market in Cucuta, Colombia. In recent months, as shortages in Venezuela have worsened, the government has taken a number of steps to stem the flow of contraband along the porous 1,400-mile (2,200 kilometers) bor...

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