BREAKING: DOJ Charges Maduro with Drug Trafficking – $15M Reward for Capture
This morning, Attorney General William Barr stated that the Department of Justice would be criminally charging Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicholas Maduro, as well as other senior members in his government, with drug trafficking.
The DOJ also announced a $15 million reward for information leading to Maduro’s arrest or conviction (or as MSNBC would put it, $1 million for every American).
It took the Trump administration to stand up to a rogue socialist president who is letting his own people starve. This is HUGE.
Posted by Dan Bongino on Thursday, March 26, 2020
Venezuela will also now be considered a state sponsor of terror.
The DOJ alleges that the Maduro regime has worked with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization, to help traffic cocaine into the U.S.
As per the DOJ announcement:
“We estimate that somewhere between 200 and 250 metric tons of cocaine are shipped out of Venezuela….Those 250 metric tons equates to 30 million lethal doses.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated:
“While holding key positions in the Maduro regime, these individuals violated the public trust by facilitating shipments of narcotics from Venezuela, including control over planes that leave from a Venezuelan air base, as well as control of drug routes through the ports in Venezuela.”
Maduro has also been charged with trafficking weapons into the U.S.
The U.S. currently recognizes Venezuelan opposition head Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate president, with President Trump even inviting Guaido to the State of the Union as a foreign Head of State.
Maduro’s government has been accused of widespread human rights abuses. It has impoverished its citizens, and has engaged in pervasive torture, extrajudicial killings, and random arrests. The Southern District of New York is looking for a sentence of 50 years in prison.