President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, is wanted by the United States’ Department of Justice (DOJ) for multiple charges of federal drug trafficking across several American states including Washington, New York and Florida. A $15 million reward will be given out for any information that could lead to Maduro’s arrest.
#BREAKING Attorney General William Barr confirms what sources told me. The U.S. is offering $15 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Nicolás Maduro Moros, the Venezuelan president. Here’s a slide the DoJ just put up during a live press briefing. pic.twitter.com/ooDKAJHaHb
— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) March 26, 2020
The situation gets hairier as “charges against almost a dozen others will also be announced soon, including Venezuelan government and intelligence officials and members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Colombia’s biggest rebel group, which has long been funded by the cocaine industry” according to The New York Times.
Despite some information being withheld, other charges also include conspiracy, conspiracy to import cocaine into the U.S. as well as narco-terrorism (terrorism funded through the sale of narcotics).
🚨 AG Bill Barr just announced that the DOJ has charged Maduro/his regime in Venezuela with narco-terrorism and has put out a $15 million reward for information leading to his arrest.
Barr adds: “We do not recognize Maduro as the President of Venezuela.” pic.twitter.com/PjGribCh2N
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 26, 2020
About a month ago, U.S. president Donald Trump referred to Maduro as “an illegitimate ruler, a tyrant who brutalizes his people,” then proclaimed that “Maduro’s grip on tyranny will be smashed and broken.” Despite Venezuela’s failing oil industry, hearsay suggests that support from the drug market and people in it have helped Maduro remain in power.
Maduro’s aides are also accused of being in bed with drug lords to strengthen Venezuela in addition to personal monetary gain. Back in 2019, former Venezuelan Vice President, Tareck El Aissami of Maduro’s cabinet was indicted by a Manhattan federal court for exploiting his political rank to involve himself in drug trafficking activities.
Additionally, Diosdado Cabello – a close associate to Maduro, who formerly served as president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, was accused by The U.S. Treasury Department of narcotics trafficking among “other corrupt activities.”
Moreover, Maduro’s nephews are currently serving prison sentences in the U.S. on drug-related charges and allegedly tried to bring $20 million of drug money to maintain their family’s power. With all these odds stacked against the Venezuelan president, things don’t look too good for him in the near foreseeable future.
I’d bet the makers of hit Netflix series ‘Narcos’ are paying close attention to this situation.
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