U.S. Justice Department Charges Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro With Drug Trafficking, Corruption
It’s a sign of the times that the U.S. government indicting a foreign head of state on drug trafficking charges is almost a side story in today’s news cycle.
On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it was indicting Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on charges related to drug trafficking and corruption. The DOJ is also offering a $15 million reward for information that leads to Maduro’s arrest or conviction.
“For more than 20 years, Maduro and a number of high-ranking colleagues allegedly conspired with the [Colombian rebel group] FARC, causing tons of cocaine to enter and devastate American communities,” said U.S. Attorney General William Barr in a statement. “Today’s announcement is focused on rooting out the extensive corruption within the Venezuelan government.”
The DOJ also announced charges against more than a dozen other individuals, including the Chief Justice of Venezuela’s Supreme Court and the country’s defense minister. The Washington Post reports that Maduro could face a 50-year mandatory minimum prison sentence if extradited to the U
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