On March 26, the United States Justice Department made a public statement in which they incriminated Nicolás Maduro and his inner circle with the charge of drug trafficking.
The announcement was made by Attorney General William Barr, as well by New York City prosecutors, who accused the Venezuelan politicians of submerging the US with cocaine and other drugs as a way to harm Americans. In other words, they wanted the influx of illegal substances to become a pseudo attack weapon. In addition, Barr accused Maduro of conspiring with the Colombian rebel group FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) by exporting drugs into the US and by supporting the rebels with drug trafficking to other countries around the globe for about 20 years.
“While the Venezuelan people suffer, this cabal lines their pockets with drug money and the proceeds of their corruption. And this has to come to an end,” stated Barr on Thursday.
Meanwhile, in Miami, Florida, other prosecutors took the rapid tactic of charging Maduro’s head of the Supreme Court, Maikel Moreno, with money laundering; other Venezuelan officers have also been charged. The statement was also accompanied by a reward of 15 million dollars for the arrest of Maduro and 14 key members of his corrupt government.
The accusations not only showcase Venezuela as a country with a serious national issue with drug smuggling, but also highlight the criminality of their government’s actions. In the public statement, prosecutors showed evidence of how the drug went from Venezuela, passed several Central American countries, and eventually entered the United States.
“Venezuela’s nowhere close to a primary transit country for US-bound cocaine. If the US wants to address the flow of cocaine they’d focus on corruption in places like Honduras and Guatemala.,” said Geoff Ramsey, director of the Washington Office’s Venezuelan program.
It’s believed that for years Maduro has built up cartels and alliances with other governments with the purpose of earning money illegally. The evidence has been collected over several years in Miami, Houston, New York and Washington against Venezuelan government officials and military officers. Now, it is time for action.
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