Justice Department indicts Venezuela President Maduro on drug trafficking charges, official says

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

By Del Quentin WilberTracy Wilkinson March 26, 20207:50 AM

WASHINGTON — 

Nicolas Maduro, the president of Venezuela, has been indicted on U.S. federal drug-trafficking charges, a major escalation in the Trump administration’s campaign to force Maduro from power, according to a federal official briefed on the matter.

The charges will be announced at a news conference Thursday morning in Washington led by Atty. Gen. William Barr. Federal prosecutors are expected to allege that Venezuelan leaders took a major stake in the illicit drug trade in hopes of helping rebels in neighboring Colombia.

Charges are expected to be unsealed against nearly a dozen other other Venezuelan government officials who were allegedly part of that effort, which started more than a decade ago under the government of the late Hugo Chavez.

A Justice Department spokeswoman, Kerri Kupec, declined to comment ahead of the news conference. Advertisement

The Trump administration has sought for more than a year to oust the socialist Maduro while the country plunges into economic decay.

Kazan- Kazan National Research Technical University Казанский национальный исследовательский технический университет имени А. Н. Туполева he graduated in Economics in 1982

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