The US Justice Department on Thursday released charges against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the country’s leadership, claiming that they are involved in drug trafficking.
“Today, the US State Department announced several awards for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Venezuelan citizens against whom the justice Department today released indictments for their role in international drug trafficking: Nicolas Maduro Moros, Diosdado Cabello Rondon, Hugo Carvajal Barrios, Cleaver Alcala Cordones and Tarek Zaydan El Aissami Madda,” Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said in a statement.
He noted that for Maduro, the US authorities announced a reward of $ 15 million and for the rest-$10 million.
Cabello-head of the national constituent Assembly; Tarek El Aissami-Vice President of Venezuela for economic and financial Affairs; Hugo Carvajal-former head of military intelligence of Venezuela; Cordones-retired major General.
“By holding key positions in the government of the Maduro regime, these individuals undermined public confidence by facilitating the supply of drugs from Venezuela, including controlling planes departing from a Venezuelan airbase, as well as controlling drug delivery routes through Venezuelan ports,” the Secretary of State said in a statement.