Traditionally, most drugs from Colombia destined for Europe or the US pass
through Venezuela. Checks at customs and at the police checkpoints throughout
the country (alcabala) are therefore very strict.
Venezuelan law makes no distinction between different substances, and the punishment
for possession of marijuana is the same as that for cocaine or any other drug.
Anyone caught with drugs is usually put straight into jail. The Police can hold
people in jail for up to 8 days before trial.
The sentence for the possession of 1 kg of cocaine or heroine is 10-20 years
imprisonment ... no fun under the conditions of Venezuelan prisons.