The U.S. has charged 14 high-ranking officials of the Venezuelan government, including President Nicolas Maduro, with “narco-terrorism, corruption, drug trafficking and other criminal charges.” The U.S. government is offering rewards of up to $15 million for any information leading to the arrest or conviction of Maduro.
US Charges Maduro and Other Top Venezuelan Government Officials
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Thursday that 14 high-ranking Venezuelan officials, including President Nicolas Maduro Moros, have been charged with “narco-terrorism, corruption, drug trafficking and other criminal charges.” They allegedly partnered with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), Colombia’s largest rebel group, to “flood” the U.S. with cocaine, according to the Justice Department.
The 14 top officials charged include Venezuela’s Vice President for the Economy Tareck El Aissami, Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino Lopez, and Chief Supreme Court Justice Maikel Moreno. Noting that the Venezuelan regime