Emilio Enrique Martinez, alias Chiche Smith, accused of being the leader of a drug trafficking group, was captured this Saturday afternoon in Dairy (ANZ), police sources said.
The arrest of Chiche Smith was carried out by a commission of the Anti-drug Directorate of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) on Avenida Américo Vespucio, residences Las Canoes, tower 7, municipality Diego Bautista Urbaneja (Dairies), Anzoátegui.
Chiche Smith presented a red Interpol code signed with the number 00-66-0070-2020. At the time of his arrest he was carrying a fake ID card in the name of Guillem Ramon Valera. Along with Martinez, they also practiced the capture of their daughter Merlis Migdali Martinez Chirinos.
Emilio Enrique Martínez’s name came to light in April last year when the then Minister of the Interior and Justice, Néstor Reverol, reported the disarticulation of two drug trafficking groups operating in Falcón and Carabobo. The minister said these two organizations were working with the U.S. Drug Control Administration (DEA).
Chiche Smith was listed by Reverol as the ringleader of the drug-trafficking group based in Falcón; while the organization of Carabobo was directed by Raul Ricardo of the Gallego, captured in Caracas in April of 2020 by means of the operation Romeo Golf.
According to Minister Reverol, Chiche Smith created “a family clan” to legitimize capital by buying businesses and real estate. He also allied with the DEA “to show that Venezuela is a permissive country with drug trafficking,” said Minister Reverol Torres.
This second cartel owned two shipyards in Nova Esparta and Sucre, 15 boats, 33 companies and 134 properties, goods that were detected and confiscated through 116 home violations where they arrested 16 people, according to what was revealed by the minister .