The Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the United States, Carlos Vecchio, and the Special Commissioner for Security and Intelligence, Iván Simonovis, met privately with authorities of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the US, to coordinate cooperation mechanisms against drug trafficking sponsored by Nicolas Maduro’s regime.
“We fine-tune with the DEA the cooperation strategies and mechanisms to combat drug trafficking at all levels, especially that which the Maduro regime protects and sponsors alongside irregular groups and organized crime”, the ambassador said through his Twitter account.
During the last weeks, the United States authorities have advanced in measures at all levels to increase the pressure on Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship and force his departure, including the inclusion of the regime’s official, Tareck El Aissami and his alleged collaborator, the businessman Samark López, among the list of the most wanted by ICE in North American territory for drug trafficking.
On August 8, Venezuela was also included by the United States in the list of 22 countries that are important transit sites or large drug producers. Added to this are the sanctions against officials and family members of Maduro’s regime, such as the Executive Order that restricts operations with the dictatorship, sanctions against the direct family members of Nicolas Maduro and Cilia Flores, and measures against executives of the DGCIM (Military Intelligence Service) and their families.
In May 2018, the head of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, was sanctioned by the US Treasury on charges of money laundering, smuggling of minerals and drug trafficking, especially for organizing drug shipments that move from Venezuela through the Dominican Republic and then on to Europe.
As will be remembered, on July 10, Commissioner Simonovis, who for 15 years was one of the most emblematic political prisoners of Nicolas Maduro’s regime, was appointed Special Commissioner for Security and Intelligence of the Venezuelan Embassy in the US, to take charge of the relationship in this matter with the administration of President Donald Trump, especially with ICE, the FBI and the DEA among other security agencies.
Ambassador Carlos Vecchio has been adamant in his statement that the administration of Acting President Juan Guaidó will not stop working with the international allies, such as the United States, and apply the necessary pressure until the dictatorship is evicted and the people conquer a free Venezuela through the route of cessation of usurpation, transitional government and free elections, drawn up by President Guaidó.