Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and 14 high-ranking officials have been indicted by the US Justice Department for conspiring with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to bombard the US with cocaine, devastating American communities. Maduro’s deputy minister of defense and chief Supreme Court justice are charged alongside Maduro. Maduro and his cohorts were running a narco-terrorism partnership with the FARC for the past two decades inflicting devastating systemic corruption and looting Venezuela of billions of dollars. For them to illegally fix couples of criminal and civil cases in Venezuela, Maduro’s aides were alleged of taking bribe in tens of millions and also involving in money laundering. Meanwhile, Maduro has denounced the charges through his twitter handle claiming all he was doing was to defend the peace and stability of Venezuela.
The Trump administration has been giving support to Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó in its bid to exit Maduro from power and has even placed a bounty of $15 million for information leading to Maduro’s arrest and/or conviction, as well as $10 million and $5 million in rewards for information leading to the arrest of two other top officials.