Colombian authorities have captured an individual suspected of shipping drugs from Venezuela using modified airplanes, a reminder of the latter country's key role in aerial drug trafficking.
The governor of a Venezuela border state who frequently pointed out criminal activity by Colombia's rebel armies on his part of the frontier has been banned from public office for 15 years by the government of President Nicolás Maduro.
Recent comments on television by Venezuela's head of the penitentiary system blatantly exposed the extent to which prisons have been left under the inmates' control, to the point where authorities now appear to rely on prisoners to supply internal security.
The arrest in Venezuela of alleged ELN members is a reminder of the value of the neighboring nation as a safe haven to Colombia's rebel group. Its rearguard use has grown due to the ELN's peace negotiations with Colombia's government, and Venezuela's own internal crisis.