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Venezuela Parliamentary Head Under Suspicion of Cocaine Trafficking, Money Laundering

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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    U.S. authorities are investigating Venezuela's powerful parliamentary chief, Diosdado Cabello, and other senior officials for possible cocaine trafficking and money laundering, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

    Citing more than 12 people familiar with the probes, the newspaper said federal prosecutors in New York and Miami and a Drug Enforcement Administration unit were gathering evidence from former cocaine traffickers, Venezuelan military defectors and people once close to top Venezuelan government officials.

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, an ideological foe of Washington, was not a target of the U.S. investigation, the Journal said...Reuters could not immediately confirm the report.

    Venezuelan opposition leaders and U.S. officials have made accusations for years of money laundering and drug trafficking against the governments of Maduro and predecessor Hugo Chavez.

    Officials in Caracas call them unfounded smears that are part of a wider U.S.-led campaign to end the OPEC country's 16 years of socialism.

    Spanish newspaper ABC reported in January that a former member of Cabello’s security detail had fledVenezuela and had told U.S. authorities that he was involved in a drug ring.

    Cabello, National Assembly president and No. 2 in the ruling Socialist Party, filed a defamation suit last month against 22 people linked to three media outlets for having republished information from that story." They accused me of being a drug trafficker without any proof," he said on state TV last week.

    In its report, the Journal quoted a Justice Department official as saying Cabello was "a main target" of the probe, adding there was "extensive evidence" to suggest he was one of the heads of a suspected trafficking cartel involving military officers and top government officials.

    "It's a criminal organization," the unidentified Justice Department official was quoted as saying.

    The newspaper quoted U.S. authorities as saying their investigations were far along but that any indictments might be sealed until arrests were made. Such arrests could be impossible unless the suspects left Venezuela, the Journal added.

    It said the investigations resulted from a boom in drug trafficking in Venezuela, following the shift in operations there by many Colombian traffickers after a government crackdown there.


    Reuters via Newsweek/May 18,2015
    http://www.newsweek.com/us-investig...ocaine-trafficking-and-money-333068?piano_t=1
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  1. senorlou
    Re: Venezuela Parliamentary Head Under Suspicion of Cocaine Trafficking, Money Launde

    As an Americano, I have to say it is laughable to believe any of the total bullshit the U.S. Is trying to pin on the Venezuelans. They are sitting on the largest oil reserves in the Western Hemisphere, and you know how we gringos are about controlling oil fields.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the U.S. Tried to overthrow the Venezuelan government in a coup about a decade ago and it failed. Now we are into full blown economic sabotage since the Venezuelans also nationalized their oil industry. Iran did that in the early 50s and the Americans and British overthrew their government and installed the Shah. I love my country, but it's blatantly obvious what we're doing over there. I don't understand why anyone would be distracted by this nonsense. We are destroying their economy. It's awful, and we do this kind of shit all the time.
  2. rawbeer
    Re: Venezuela Parliamentary Head Under Suspicion of Cocaine Trafficking, Money Launde

    Oh, and what about HSBC's money laundering for Mexican drug cartels? The Mexican cartels make the narco-rebels in South America seem pretty laid back. And that is some goddamn accomplishments.

    Everyone's in the blow business. I'm sure Venezuela launders coke money, seeing as even the United Sates does it! The profits and transactions are just astounding, coke is just too big a business to stop. This is what no one wants to admit, and so we keep pointing fingers and pretending.
  3. Beenthere2Hippie
    Re: Venezuela Parliamentary Head Under Suspicion of Cocaine Trafficking, Money Launde

    I agree with both of you gentlemen; our country`s politicians seem limited in IQ points when it comes to displaying fairness and good judgement whn it comes to dealing properly with the smaller countries of the world we claim to be friends with. We seem especally bad with Spanish-speaking nations, it seems to me. If we were just half as good at diplomacy as we claim to be, we woud still be pretty inept.
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