At least eight tons of gold were transferred from the coffers of the Venezuelan central bank last week, the last sign of President Maduro's despair on the currency, while sanctions have intensified, a member of the opposition and three government sources told Reuters.
Opposition MP Angel Alvarado and three government sources said the gold was transported in government vehicles between Wednesday and Friday last week, when there were no regular guards in the bank.
"They are planning to sell it illegally abroad," he said.
The Venezuelan Central Bank has not responded to requests for comment.
Alvarado and government sources, who spoke after asking for anonymity, did not say how the bank transferred gold. They said the operation took place while Central Bank President Calixto Ortega was traveling abroad.