Venezuelans scour polluted river for lost treasure, survival

Ariana Cubillos / Associated Press file photo

Men sort through the debris they pulled up from the bottom of the polluted Guaire River, in search of pieces of gold and anything of value to sell in Caracas, Venezuela, in this file photo.

CARACAS, Venezuela — Angel Villanueva waded into the dirty brown water of the Guaire River, the putrid channel snaking through Venezuela’s capital, where he hoped to scavenge for a bit of treasure.