The United States confirmed that a massive shipment of cocaine seized a holiday last weekend SpanishThe beach is connected to members of the Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s regime.
Working on tips from the Drug Enforcement Agency [DEA] and the Colombian National and British National Police Crime The agency, the Spanish military intercepted Karar, a ship that first left Panama and loaded 4,000 kilograms of cocaine on it off the coast of Venezuela before sailing across the Atlantic Ocean.
The boat, which sailed under the Togo flag, headed for the northwestern coastal city of Vigo but was intercepted more than 300 miles off the coast of Galicia, an autonomous community in Spain.
On April 25, the Spanish military seized a ship that crossed the Atlantic Ocean with 4.4 tons of cocaine loaded off the coast of Venezuela earlier this month.
Intelligence reports gathered in December 2019 forced narcotics authorities from the United States, Colombia and Britain to oversee the Colombian drug smuggling ring which plans to send cocaine to the coastal city of Vigo in northern Spain.
Spanish national police arrested a suspect on April 25 who was allegedly linked to the shipment of 4,000 kilos of cocaine confiscated on board, 600 miles from the coast of Lisbon
“I spoke with the Spanish ambassador this afternoon, and it is true they took a ship that left Venezuela [carrying] four tons of drugs off the coast of Europe, ‘said James Story, director of the Venezuelan Affairs Unit at the US Embassy in Colombia, in an interview with Infobae.
“There are people from the Maduro regime involved.”
15 crew members – mostly nationals from Bangladesh and Nepal – were arrested and 13 others were dealt a serious blow to the drug trafficking network in Galicia reportedly led by Juan Carlos Santórum, who avoided arrest during the ‘Operation Donkey’ last Saturday. attack.
Authorities also seized several motorbikes and speedboats from warehouses operated by the group along northern Portugal and the city of Galicia in Pontevedra.
Authorities in Spain inspect cocaine packages after 4,000 tons were loaded from ships in the port of Vigo on April 28
Police in Spain investigated the Karar ship carrying 4.4 tons of cocaine loaded off the coast of Venezuela in early April
Spain detained 15 crew members from Karar, a ship that departed from Panama in early April and stopped off the coast of Venezuela where 4,000 kilos of cocaine was loaded
According to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, the shipment was supported by a group of drug smugglers from Colombia.
Intelligence distributed by narcotics agents from Spain, Colombia, DEA found that the shipment had been there since December 2019
The Colombian authorities are actively investigating the whereabouts of those involved with the network.
The United States government has been trying to arrest Maduro and other regime members for helping Colombian drug smuggling organizations and the FARC rebel group send at least 250 tons of cocaine to the US for nearly two decades.
The US has also offered a $ 15 million prize for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in the March indictment. The Justice Department accused him and former members of his regime of helping Colombian drug smugglers and rebel groups FARC in shipping at least 250 tons of cocaine to the US over a period of almost two decades.
Authorities seized speedboats from warehouses operated by drug trafficking rings based in Galicia, an autonomous community in northern Spain
Government sub-delegation in Pontevedra, Maica Larriba (third from right), Commissioner General of the Judicial Police, Eloy Quiros (second from right) and Head of Customs Regional Tax Office in Galicia, Jaime Gaya (right), at a press conference on Tuesday to uncover 4.4 tons of cocaine that was confiscated April 25
The US has also offered a $ 15 million prize to Maduro in the March indictment.
An additional prize of $ 10 million was also offered for information that led to the arrest of Diosdado Cabello, Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly; Hugo Carvajal, former Director of Military Intelligence; and Tareck El Aissmai, former Vice-President and current Minister of Industry and National Production.
Former Venezuelan general Cliver Alcalá, also named in the indictment, surrendered.
The indictment alleges that Alcala and top officials received bribes from the FARC in return for safe travel for cocaine shipments sent through Venezuela.
“The Venezuelan regime, which was once led by Nicolás Maduro Moros, remains plagued by crime and corruption,” said Attorney General Bill Barr. “For more than 20 years, Maduro and a number of high-ranking colleagues are suspected of conspiring with the FARC, causing tons of cocaine to enter and destroy the American community.”
Around 2008, at a meeting with Cabello and Carvajal, it was decided that Alcála would coordinate drug trafficking with the FARC, according to the indictment.
The Spanish military seized 4,000 kilograms of cocaine on April 25 which had been sent from Venezuela by ship
The US also offered a 10 million dollar prize leading to the arrest of three Maduro aides (lower left). Cliver Alcalá (first from left) turned to the DEA last Friday
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