US to charge Venezuela’s border chief with drug trafficking

US prepares to unveil drug trafficking of two Venezuelan senior officials at head of National Guard

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Nestor Reverol, the then-Director of the National Drug Office (ONA), talks to the media during a meeting in Caracas.

Nestor Reverol, a long-term Chavista and the former head of Venezuela's anti-narcotics agency, could be charged by US with drug trafficking in federal court in Brooklyn, Reuters reported.

According to prosecutors involved with his case, Reverol has stopped investigations using his power at the state in order to allow drug trafficking. He would be one of the highest-ranking Venezuelan officials to face US drug accusations.

Also, two nephews of President Nicolas Maduro’s wife are also facing drug trafficking charges in Manhattan. Franqui Francisco Flores-de Freitas and Efrain Antonio Campo-Flores who are the nephews of Venezuela first lady Cilia Flores arrested on Nov 12, for smuggling 800 kilograms of cocaine into the United States.

Another name that is reportedly being investigated is Edylberto Molina, a former deputy head of the anti-narcotics agency and currently a military attache charged with drug trafficking as Reverol.

National Guard of Venezuela did not make any comment about the accusations but, posted on twitter  #NestorReverolSoldierOfTheFatherland in order to defence him.

“The National Guard has been key to opening up the doors into Venezuela for Colombian drug trafficking organisations and subversive groups," said Mike Vigil, the former head of the Drugs Enforcement Agency’s international operations.

"They have transformed Venezuela into a massive pipeline for cocaine into the United States and Europe."

Smuggling has become a profitable business in Venezuela in recent years. The Venezuelan government regulates many basic goods that are smuggled into Colombia.

According to official figures, up to 40 percent of basic goods and 100,000 barrels of gasoline per day are smuggled, for a total loss of $3.6 billion per year.

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