Chavez says US drug agents spying

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused the US Drug Enforcement Administration of using its agents to spy on the South American country. Mr Chavez said his country would sever its ties with the DEA and no longer collaborate with the US. Last month Venezuelan prosecutors opened an investigation into the activities of DEA. Mr Chavez said the country would continue to work with other international groups. "The DEA was using the fight against drug trafficking as a mask, to support drug trafficking, to carry out intelligence in Venezuela against the government," Mr Chavez said. "Under those circumstances we have decided to make a clean break with those accord," he added.