Venezuelan court deprives citizen of liberty for drugs at party during quarantine

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CARACAS (Sputnik) – A court in Caracas deprived the citizen Jorge Echenagucia of liberty for possession of narcotic drugs, at a party he held in violation of the quarantine measure in force in Venezuela to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, the Supreme Court of Justice reported (TSJ).

“The 18th Court of Control of the Criminal Judicial Circuit of the Caracas Metropolitan Area issued a preventive custody measure against the citizen Jorge Eduardo Echenagucia Vallenilla for the alleged commission of the crimes of illicit possession of narcotic and psychotropic substances,” the statement released said. by the TSJ on the social network Facebook.

Echenagucia will remain under police surveillance at the Lídice General Hospital in western Caracas because he was diagnosed with coronavirus.

Another 17 people who were at the party were ordered a substitute precautionary measure for the alleged commission of the crime of resistance to authority.

On March 31, the attorney general, Tarek William Saab, had reported the arrest of 18 people for participating in a party in the Los Palos Grandes sector, in eastern Caracas.

Since March 16, a collective national quarantine has been in force in Venezuela to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

On April 2, the Venezuelan Government raised the number of deaths from COVID-19 to five and contagions to 146.

In late 2019, China reported an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan City, the capital of Hubei Province (southeast), caused by a new strain of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2.

According to the April 2 report from the World Health Organization, 900,306 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 45,693 deaths from the disease have been recorded worldwide.

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