Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has been hit with a Super Indictment over alleged federal drug trafficking crimes in Washington, New York and Florida. The U.S. government has also announced a $15 million reward for information that could lead to his arrest.
The New York Times further reports that charges against nearly a dozen other Venezuelan officials will also be announced in the near future, including Venezuelan government and intelligence members in addition to individuals from the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC), Colombia’s biggest rebel group. The FARC is a communist group which has been fighting the central government in Colombia for decades while also fighting other Colombian anti-government, Right-Wing groups. The first Right-Wing paramilitary groups were organized by the Colombian military following recommendations made by U.S. military counterinsurgency advisers who were sent to Colombia during the Cold War to combat leftist political activists and armed guerrilla groups.
While not all details were made available, known charges include narco-terrorism conspiracy and conspiracy to import cocaine into the U.S.
🚨 AG Bill Barr just announced that the DOJ has charged Maduro/his regime in Venezuela with narco-terrorism and has put out a $15 million reward for information leading to his arrest.
Barr adds: “We do not recognize Maduro as the President of Venezuela.” pic.twitter.com/PjGribCh2N
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 26, 2020
#BREAKING Attorney General William Barr confirms what sources told me. The U.S. is offering $15 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Nicolás Maduro Moros, the Venezuelan president. Here's a slide the DoJ just put up during a live press briefing. pic.twitter.com/ooDKAJHaHb
— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) March 26, 2020