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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Was Just Indicted on Drug Trafficking Charges in the U.S.

In addition to Maduro, charges are expected to be brought against FARC, the Colombian rebel group that’s been tied in the past to the international cocaine trade.

by Paul Blest
Mar 26 2020, 3:39pm

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has reportedly been indicted Thursday on federal drug trafficking charges in the United States, according to the New York Times.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced an 11 a.m. livestreamed press conference "to announce significant law enforcement actions related to Venezuelan government officials."

In addition to Maduro, charges are expected to be brought against other Venezuelan government officials as well as FARC, the Colombian rebel group that’s been tied in the past to the international cocaine trade.

The full extent of the charges are not yet known, but included allegations of conspiracy to commit narco-terrorism and conspiracy to transport cocaine into the United States, the Times said. The charges reportedly came after a joint investigation between federal authorities in Florida, New York, and Washington D.C.

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Cover: In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks at a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

This article originally appeared on VICE US.

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