Venezuela’s Gas Underground: Video On A Smuggling Run in South America

Published on May 16, 2013

Gasoline smuggling is big business in Venezuela, where the price of petrol is literally cheaper than water. A highly organized and extensive ring of gas smugglers have capitalized on Venezuela’s state-subsidized gas prices, illegally ferrying thousands of gallons across the border to Colombia each day where it is sold at road-side stands for a 2,000 percent profit. These gas bandits are known as pimpineros — named for the tanks, or “pimpinas”, in which they store their gasoline. One gas smuggler was nice enough to take us along for a ride and show us how it works.

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Host: Ramon Campos
Director of Photography: Federico Pardo

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