Venezuelan president Maduro charged in US with drug trafficking, official says

26 Mars, 2020, 17:49 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Nicolas Maduro President of Venezuela

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department declined to comment, and CNN has reached out to the State Department, who officially makes the terrorism designation.

There's evidence that the criminal groups that transport these drugs have infiltrated Venezuelan government security forces, forming a network known as the "Cartel of the Suns" to facilitate the passage of illicit drugs into and out the country, according to a 2019 report by the United Nations' International Narcotics Control Board.

The DOJ brought the charges against Maduro, a socialist leader who already faces USA sanctions and has been the target of a U.S. pressure campaign aimed at pushing him from power, according to Reuters news agent. Countries now on the list include Iran, Sudan, Syria, and North Korea.

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The official designation will come several months after a period of historic tumult in Venezuela that saw Maduro's leadership challenged following an election condemned by global authorities and massive street protests.

The Trump administration is expected to designate Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism as soon as Thursday and bring charges against the country's president, Nicolás Maduro, according to five sources familiar with the situation, in a momentous move that will mark a modern low point in relations between the U.S. and the ailing socialist state.

This is a developing story.

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