The United States has ficially charged Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro with Narco-Terrorism, Corruption, and Drug Trafficking fenses, as confirmed by US  Attorney General William Barr. Alongside Maduro, the charges extend to the head Venezuela’s constituent assembly, the former director military intelligence, a “former high ranking general,” and more to be announced shortly. Any information leading to Maduro’s arrest will be compensated with a reward $15 million. 

A statement from the Department Justice reads Barr’s statement as follows: “For more than 20 years, Maduro and a number high-ranking colleagues allegedly conspired with the FARC, causing tons cocaine to enter and devastate American communities.  Today’s announcement is focused on rooting out the extensive corruption within the Venezuelan government – a system constructed and controlled to enrich those at the highest levels the government.”

Accusing Maduro being a member the Cártel de Los Soles since 1999, the charges allege that he has been using his position to facilitate the spread cocaine in the United States. “The Cártel de Los Soles sought to not only enrich its members and enhance their power, but also to “flood” the United States with cocaine and inflict the drug’s harmful and addictive effects on users in the United States,” reads the ficial DOJ statement. It claims that Maduro’s alliance with the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia), a “revolutionary” group involved with drug-trafficking, forms the basis the drug-charges. 

It should be noted that tensions between President Donald Trump and Maduro have been volatile late, with the former calling the latter “an illegitimate ruler, a tyrant who brutalizes his people,” and vowing that “his grip tyranny will be smashed and broken.” 

Venezuelan President Charged With Drug Trafficking In U.S.

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