USA accuses Nicolás Maduro of drug trafficking and offers a reward of US $ 15 million for his capture


USA considers that Maduro is the leader of a drug cartel in collaboration with the Colombian FARC guerrilla.

USA considers that Maduro is the leader of a drug cartel in collaboration with the Colombian FARC guerrilla. The United States Attorney General, William Barr, announced Thursday the presentation of criminal charges for drug trafficking against the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro. At a press conference, Barr added that the complaint includes charges of money laundering
USA accuses Nicolás Maduro of drug trafficking and offers a reward of US $ 15 million for his capture

The United States Attorney General, William Barr, announced Thursday the presentation of criminal charges for drug trafficking against the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.

At a press conference, Barr added that the complaint includes charges of money laundering.

In addition to Maduro, who already had individual sanctions, Barr also announced charges against other Venezuelan authorities.
The measure is deepening Washington's pressure to force Maduro, who he describes as "illegitimate" and "dictator" ruler, from power, and who he now considers to be the leader of a drug cartel in collaboration with the former Colombian guerrilla group. Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

As reported by the Reuters agency, the Minister of Industry of Venezuela, Tareck Zaidan El Aissami, was also accused on Thursday of evading the sanctions imposed in February 2017 by hiring US companies to book private flights and violating the Designation of Foreign Chiefs Law of drug trafficking.
The United States Department of Justice specifically accuses Maduro, among other charges, of having received US $ 5 million from the FARC in 2006 when he was foreign minister in the Hugo Chávez government.

Unrecognized

When Chávez died in 2013, Maduro replaced him.
More than 50 countries did not recognize Maduro as president because they consider the elections that the leader won in 2018 to be illegitimate.
Instead they do recognize Juan Guaidó, opposition leader and president of the National Assembly (Parliament) as president since January 2019.

In addition to Maduro, other top leaders accused of corruption, drug trafficking, or money laundering are Diosdado Cabello, a high position in the ruling party; Maikel Moreno, President of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ); and Vladimir Padrino, Minister of Defense.
Attorney General Barr declined to confirm whether it is the first such action in history against a ruler. "We do not recognize Maduro as president of Venezuela, but this has already happened with (Manuel Antonio) Noriega (in Panama in the late 1980s), whom we did not recognize either"
Barr argued that the decision was made despite the current global health crisis of the coronavirus.
"It is the best we can do at this time: do what is possible so that the people of Venezuela can get out of these people," Barr said.

"Los Soles" Poster

The United States considers that there is a "conspiracy for narco-terrorism" between the so-called Los Soles cartel, supposedly formed by Venezuelan authorities and led by Maduro, and the FARC since 1999 and until now.
US Attorney General William Barr announced Thursday the drug trafficking charge against Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro.
For this reason, he also accuses Ivan Márquez and Jesús Santrich, ex-commanders of the Colombian ex-guerrilla who entered into contempt with the peace process signed with the Colombian State.
Márquez and Santrich are currently unaccounted for after announcing their return to arms in 2019.
Altogether charges are filed against Maduro and 14 others in courts in New York, Miami and Washington.
"The Venezuelan regime, which was led by Nicolás Maduro, remains infected with crime and corruption," Barr said.
"For more than 20 years, Maduro and a large number of allies allegedly conspired with the FARC, causing tons of cocaine to enter and devastate American communities," he added.

Diosdado Cabello is accused of conspiracy to narco-terrorism and conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States.

"They expressly wanted to flood the United States with cocaine to undermine the health and well-being of our country," said Geoffrey Berman, prosecutor for the southern district of New York.
"Maduro deliberately used cocaine as a weapon," added Berman.
Both Maduro and Cabello, accused of conspiracy to narco-terrorism and conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States, could face penalties of between 20 years in prison or life imprisonment.

Maduro would be the leader of the Los Soles cartel, which is named after the insignia worn by some of the accused on the military uniform.

In Washington, the godfather, the highest ranking of the Venezuelan Armed Forces, is accused of conspiring to distribute cocaine aboard a plane registered in the United States from 2014 to 2019.
In Miami, Maikel Moreno, president of the Supreme Court of Justice, was accused of money laundering and allegedly receiving tens of millions of dollars to settle dozens of civil and criminal cases in Venezuela.

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