“For more than 20 years, Maduro and a number of his senior colleagues were allegedly in collusion with the FARC, resulting in tons of cocaine falling into American cities and destroying them,” the document says.
He is accused on four counts: “engaging in a conspiracy to conspire with drugs,” “conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the United States,” “using and owning machine guns and destructive devices,” as part of the conspiracy, as well as conspiracy to use such weapons.
Each of these items provides for imprisonment up to life.
“At least since 1999 (Nicholas) Maduro Moros, Cabello Rondon (head of the National Constituent Assembly – ed.), Barrios Carvajal (former head of the military intelligence of Venezuela – ed.) And Alcalá Cordones (retired major general – ed.) Acted as leaders and managers of the Cartel of the Sun … The Cartel of the Sun not only sought to enrich its members and expand their influence, but also to “flood” the United States with cocaine, “the document says.
In this capacity, Maduro “negotiated multi-ton shipments of cocaine produced by the FARC; instructed the Cartel of the Sun to provide the FARC with army-class weapons,” US authorities say.
Also among the defendants is Venezuelan Defense Minister Padrino Lopez, who, according to the Justice Department, “conspired with others to distribute cocaine on board an aircraft registered in the United States.”
Another accused is the head of the Supreme Court of Venezuela, Michel Moreno, who is suspected of involvement in money laundering and corruption. It is followed by Venezuelan Vice President for Economic Affairs Ramirez Camacho.
In addition, the list of defendants includes eight more former officials, including ex-Minister of Energy Luis Motta Dominguez, former head of the Venezuelan anti-drug department Nestor Reverol Torres and their deputies, and several others.
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