U.S. indicts Maduro on drug charges, offers $15 million arrest reward

U.S. indicts Maduro on drug charges, offers $15 million arrest reward

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
March 26, 2020

As the United States combats the terror of COVID-19, it was announced today that the Justice Department formally charge Communist Dictator Nicolas Maduro and other government officials with turning Venezuela into a narco-state by working in tandem with a leftist Colombian guerrilla group that has exported a high amount of cocaine into the United States.

"Today, the U.S. announced rewards to bring former Maduro regime officials responsible for international narcotics trafficking to justice," state Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "The people of Venezuela deserve a transparent, responsible, representative government that serves the needs of the people."

The reward for Maduro is a whopping $15 million for information that will eventually lead to the arrest of the Venezuelan dictator.

Also charged will be Diosdado Cabello, who is a former speaker of the National Assembly. He is currently considered the second most powerful individual in Venezuela. Vladimir Padrino Lopez also joins them in being charged. He is the country’s minister of defense.

Cabello is the same individual who is said to have plotted to assassinate Sen. Marco Rubio (R)

The new bounty on Maduro could push some in his inner circle betray him, and eventually facilitate his ouster. This is good news for the Venezuelan people, who could not only see their country restore its energy independence from the Maduro-backed Russian and Chinese governments but reestablish the Democracy they knew prior to the Hugo Chavez/ Nicholas Maduro dictatorships.

“This is a powerful move by the Trump administration,” said Gustavo Rojas, Venezuelan analyst and adjunct professor at George Washington University. “We’ve seen how individual and secondary sanctions have been extremely effective. However, with oil prices plummeting and Venezuela’s oil exports on the brink of elimination, suspending the license of U.S. companies who still have assets in Venezuela will not have any additional impact on Maduro. 

At this point, it’s even more important that the few Venezuelan companies and foreign allies that remain in Venezuela be ready to face not only the humanitarian crisis that plagues the country but this new pandemic that aggravates the Venezuelan tragedy even more.”

The Trump administration is in a position to assist Venezuela's oil industry and take a pound of flesh out of the illicit drug trade in South America.

"We will not sit back while Maduro continues to destroy his once-prosperous country. Justice will prevail!" said Sen. Rick Scott (R)

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

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