US indicts Venezuela’s Maduro on narcoterror charges
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolás Maduro and several key aides on charges of narcoterrorism.
The department accused them of conspiring with Colombian rebels “to flood the United States with cocaine.”
The sweeping action is bound to ratchet up tensions between Washington and Caracas as the spread of the coronavirus threatens to collapse a health system and oil-dependent economy driven deep into the ground by years of corruption and U.S. sanctions.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the State Department would offer cash rewards of up to $55 million for information leading to the arrests or convictions of Maduro and his associates.