Updated at 9:00 a.m. Central time March 7, 2019 with Weddle's release and deportation
A Global Sisters Report and Catholic News Service contributor in Caracas, Venezuela, was taken by military counterintelligence officials after his home was raided early March 6.
Cody Weddle, 29, best known for reporting for Miami ABC affiliate WPLG and The Miami Herald, was held more than 12 hours before Venezuelan authorities escorted him to the airport to return to the U.S. His assistant, Carlos Camacho, also was held but was later released.
Weddle had reported on air March 5 about Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó's return to the country.
The Venezuelan journalists union first posted about Weddle's arrest on Twitter early March 6. WPLG announced later that attempts to reach Weddle had been unsuccessful, but said his housekeeper reported he was arrested "with his passport, other documents, money and a large suitcase."