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National Guard Chief of Venezuela About to be Charged With Drug-Trafficking by US

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    In a bold move sure to further destabilize very unsteady ties between the U.S. and Venezuela, U.S. prosecutors are preparing to disclose drug trafficking charges to be made against the head of Venezuela’s National Guard.

    According to Reuters, Nestor Reverol is named in a sealed indictment pending in federal court in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to heading the Guard, Reverol is the former head of Venezuela’s anti-narcotics agency and a long-time ally of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez. Reuters reported he would be one of the highest-ranking Venezuelan officials—and the only one currently in office—to face US drug charges.

    Venezuela is neighbor to Colombia, which recently regained the number one spot on the list of the world’s top cocaine producers. Colombian narco-terrorists like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and cartels like the Urabeños produce or control the majority of cocaine in Colombia, and much of that flows into the hands of Mexican drug cartels for transport to the U.S. via the southwest border.

    The U.S. State Department said in its 2015 narcotics control report that Venezuela has become one of the main transit routes for illegal drugs from South America due to the country’s porous border with neighboring Colombia, its “weak judicial system, sporadic international counter narcotics cooperation, and permissive and corrupt environment.” According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, up to 25 percent of all cocaine exported from South America in 2011 departed from Venezuela.

    U.S. authorities have been investigating Venezuela officials’ involvement in the drug trade for some time. In October 2015, Breitbart Texas reported the unsealing of indictments against two former top Venezuelan police officials. Relatives of Venezuelan first lady Cilia Flores have been suspected of trafficking ties, and former DEA official Mike Vigil told Reuters members of Venezuela’s National Guard have been heavily involved in the drug trade. “The National Guard has been key to opening up the doors into Venezuela for Colombian drug trafficking organizations and subversive groups,” said Vigil. “They have transformed Venezuela into a massive pipeline for cocaine into the United States and Europe.”

    Currently, it is unclear what form the drug trafficking charges against Reverol will take. No one in his administration, the Venezuelan National Guard, or in the U.S. prosecutor’s office is responding to requests for comment. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dismisses charges of official involvement in drug trafficking as an international right-wing campaign to discredit socialism in Venezuela. However, Maduro’s faction in the Venezuelan government was hit hard recently during mid-term elections, as the opposition took clear control of the country’s legislature. The U.S. and Venezuelan governments have frequently been at odds over political differences and human rights issues. U.S. officials have said that past drug arrests of Venezuelan VIPs were not an effort to go after Maduro’s government, but a case of U.S. law enforcement seeking to prosecute suspected wrongdoing.

    Sylvia Longmire is a border security expert and Contributing Editor for Breitbart Texas.




    By Sylvia Longmire - Breitbart/Dec.16, 2015
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-govern...nal-guard-chief-charged-u-s-drug-trafficking/
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    Beenthere2Hippie
    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.

Comments

  1. reef88
    great news, i'm waiting to see what happens with this.

    i wonder how many people believe this stuff..
  2. AKA_freckles
    This is really going to help our relations with Venezuela. Sarcasm.
    I don't understand international law, at all, how can we charge and prosecute someone who doesn't live here?
  3. Beenthere2Hippie
    To prosecute a non-citizen, the US must have a standing agreement with the nation the alleged offender resides in. Then, the said offender is extradited to the US for trail, as explained in more detail below (from an excerp on http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/extradition):

    "Extradition from one nation to another is handled in a similar manner, with the head of one country demanding the return of a fugitive who is alleged to have committed a crime in that country. Extradition between nations is usually based on a treaty between the country where the accused is currentlylocated and the country seeking to place him or her on trial for an alleged crime. The United States has entered into extradition treaties with most countries in Europe and Latin America, and with a few countries in Africa and Asia.

    "To determine whether an individual can be extradited pursuant to a treaty, the language of the particular treaty must be examined. Some treaties list all the offenses for which a person can be extradited; others provide a minimum standard of punishment that will render an offense extraditable. The extradition treaties of most countries fall into the second category, since treaties in the first category must be revised completely if an offense is added to the list.

    "Even if they do not specifically say so, most treaties contemplate that for an offense to be subject to extradition, it must be a crime under the law in both jurisdictions. This is called the doctrine of double criminality. The name by which the crime is described in the two countries need not be the same, normust the punishment be the same; simply, the requirement of double criminality is met if the particular act charged is criminal in both jurisdictions (Collinsv. Loisel, 259 U.S. 309, 42 S. Ct. 469, 66L. Ed. 956 [1922])."
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