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The United States denounces that Venezuela is an intermediary for Colombian drugs


Washington Correspondent

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The top military officer of United States for South America, admiral Craig Faller, claims to have detected an alarming “increase in drug trafficking from Colombia to Venezuela” and that the regime of Nicolas Maduro he is using the sale of drugs to “finance his illicit activities.” Both the armed forces and US intelligence have concluded that one of the last ways to finance the Chavista regime is through drug sale abroad, by the routes of the Caribbean and Central America. Faced with the weight of the sanctions, Maduro has resorted, according to the US prosecutor’s office, to an increase in drug trafficking, even allowing Venezuela to be a way out of illegal substances from Colombia.

«The forced exodus by Maduro [de casi cinco millones de personas] adds to the fact that it uses drug trafficking to finance its illicit activities. We have detected the increase in drug trafficking from Colombia to Venezuela and from those nations through the Caribbean to Central America and it is a concern, “Faller said during a visit to Panama on Thursday reported by Efe. Faller visited Panama to strengthen cooperation in the fight against corruption, money laundering and drug trafficking, just nine months after the Southern Command, which he himself directs, launched a large operation to combat drug trafficking in the Caribbean and Central America.

These statements by Faller come just a week after the Commission on Drug Trafficking Policy in the American Continent sent an official report to the Capitol in which it stated: “Organized crime, driven largely, but not exclusively, by illegal trafficking drug trafficking also threatens the region’s still fragile democracies. The most extreme example is Venezuela, a democracy that has become a dictatorship, defying financial sanctions with the help not only of other hostile states, such as Cuba, Russia and Iran, but also of transnational criminal organizations, including illegal drug traffickers. and gold ».

According to that bipartisan Commission that reports to both houses of the legislature here in Washington, “Venezuela has long been a refuge for Colombian guerrilla groups. Over the past two decades, it has become an increasingly important transit country, especially for cocaine destined for European markets. In addition, the US Attorney’s Office filed drug trafficking charges against Maduro, 11 of his collaborators, and two leaders of the Colombian FARC guerrilla in March. The US government has also offered up to 50 million dollars (41 million euros) for information that allows the capture of any of the accused, 15 million for Maduro and 10 for some of the others, such as “number two.” God given hair.

According to investigations by the prosecution, the Venezuelan regime has flooded the United States with cocaine in the past two decades. Prosecutors estimate that the routes opened by the regime that Maduro presides today with the assistance of the Colombian guerrilla have served to inject up to 250 metric tons of cocaine into the US drug market. If Maduro were to be extradited, he faces a trial and a maximum sentence of 50 years.

Iranian interference

A few months ago, Faller already said that the Chavista regime had invited several hundred officials, military and technicians from the Islamic Republic of Iran to try to save the oil and hydrocarbons sector from complete collapse. As Faller said in March, “in recent times there has been a spike in Iranian actions to introduce the Quds Force in Venezuela.” The admiral says the Pentagon “closely watches any malicious Iranian activity and its fomenting of insecurity and instability.” With Iran, Faller said, “anything is possible, and we know that one of Iran’s satellites, Hezbollah, has strong connections in this part of the world.”

The Iranian airline that has made the flights to Venezuela is the state-owned Mahan, sanctioned in 2011 by the US Treasury for being a logistics arm of the Quds Force, a unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard specialized in international interference operations, since Asia to America. US intelligence suspects that this route between Venezuela and Iran, with stops at Syria, has been used in the past to traffic cocaine and other narcotics, with which the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, protected and financed by Iran, has helped the Maduro regime to launder money.

Under the supervision of the Southern Command, and Admiral Faller, the US armed forces mobilized in March to international waters off the coast of Venezuela for operations in the fight against drug trafficking. As he said then Donald TrumpAt the White House surrounded by the top staff of his government: “We cannot allow the drug cartels to exploit the pandemic to put American lives at risk.”

Infantry soldiers, sailors, and members of the Marine Corps, the Air Force and the Coast Guard were then mobilized in a complex device to interrupt three drug routes: from Venezuela to the Caribbean islands and Central America, and from Colombia to Central America. The objective was to reduce the arrival of cocaine, methamphetamines, fentanyl and other narcotics to the United States. After this mobilization, the presence of the Navy in the Caribbean for anti-drug operations has doubled. Some of these routes, especially those that go by land, are monitored from the air, by the Air Force.

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