The Colombian Marine Corps patrols daily to prevent canoeros from smuggling. It is an impossible task. The smugglers simply wait on the shore until the navy ships have passed. The canoeros fear more the Venezuelan than the Colombian navy. “When Colombians capture you, they give you the boat back in three days. The Venezuelans put you in prison and ask you for a bribe”, said a canoero. These Colombian Marines are checking if this canoero has his papers in order and also if he carries illegal merchandise.