Cúcuta: Colombia’s city of contraband and a broken Bolivarian dream

Published in Tico Times on November 19, 2015

CÚCUTA, Colombia – As he walked along the aisles of the supermarket, 25-year-old Nestor Usa Torres pointed to items on the shelves: sunflower oil, powdered milk, shampoo. “Produced for the Venezuelan market,” he read aloud, showing the labels.

He explained: “Subsidized groceries from Venezuela, smuggled into Colombia. You can still find them here, but before our city was completely flooded with Venezuelan products. Since the border is closed, everything has changed.”

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