Correspondent in Caracas
A year ago, the rewards offered by the US for the capture of Nicolás Maduro and the four main charges of his regime totaled 45 million dollars. But soon after, the figure doubled to 90 million with the incorporation of other prominent Chavista leaders and their front men. Caracas has become a hotbed of bounty hunters on the trail of the 12 Chavez leaders most wanted by the US Justice The Venezuelan criminal lawyer Alejandro Rebolledo, a specialist in the prevention of organized crime, and a Supreme Court magistrate in exile, gives details to ABC_ from his Miami office.
After General Cliver Alcalá surrendered a year ago, who now makes up the list of most wanted Chavistas?
It is headed by Nicolás Maduro, with a reward of 15 million dollars, followed by Diosdado Cabello with 10 million, Tareck El Aissami with 10 million, Hugo ‘El Pollo’ Carvajal with 10 million, Pedro Luis Martín Olivares with 10 million, Joselit de la Trinidad Ramírez Camacho with 5 million, Rodolfo Mcturk Mora with 5 million, Jesús Alfredo Itriago with 5 million, Eustiquio José Lugo Gómez with 5 million, Samark José López Bello with 5 million and Luis Alfredo Motta Dominguez with 5 million.
With what charges?
They are charged with drug trafficking, money laundering and terrorism. And the rewards are for those who provide information or data leading to the arrest of those people.
Are they all for the DEA, the anti-narcotics agency?
There are several agencies involved in the search. But the two most important are the DEA and the Homeland Security Investigation, with support from the Department of State and Justice.
What is your balance for a year without any catch yet?
The various US agencies have gathered a pot or box of 90 million dollars, which is the sum of the eleven wanted, so that the bounty hunters can make visible and stimulate their capture. Those requested already have several legal proceedings open against them in various states such as New York, Florida and Texas.
How do the bounty hunter groups act?
Most of the wanted Chavista leaders have taken refuge in Venezuela, where they live hiding in their lair. There are several groups. It is a challenge for any bounty hunter to capture them and deliver them to the US Justice To monitor, track and track their targets they are applying all the new technology of artificial intelligence, eccentric and sophisticated.
How does it look in the movies …?
About. They are security and intelligence operations that they mount permanently to track the movement of the Chavistas requested by the Justice and their families. The hunters know where their wives and children go, what places they frequent and with whom they meet even in their intimate encounters with lovers and mistresses, because the Chavista hierarchs love to strut, lead a life of luxury and exhibit themselves as eccentrics in the middle of the greater misery and poverty that they have generated in the country.
Has there been an attempt to capture them?
Diosdado Cabello announced last week on his television program ‘Con el mazo giving’ that they had arrested nine suspicious individuals who wanted to hand him over to the DEA. But that version has not been confirmed.
What has been the impact for the Chavista leaders?
That they cannot sleep, because they feel watched and persecuted. The rewards have created a collective paranoia among the usurpers of the Chavista regime. They do not live safe and distrust even their own shadow. They all walk with five and six bodyguards each and others hide in the farms in the interior totally isolated.
And why are they still not captured? What obstacles do they face?
Sooner or later the bounty hunters will. That day will come. They face many obstacles. Venezuela has become free territory of the Russian, Chinese, Turkish and Iranian mafias under the protection of Maduro. Transnational organized crime mafias complicate captures.
And what has been the response of the regime?
The Interior Minister, Vice Admiral Carmen Meléndez, an ally of Cilia Flores, has created the Special Brigade against Violence Generating Groups due to distrust among her bodyguards.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism