The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Venezuelan Leader Maduro Is Charged in the U.S. With Drug Trafficking - The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela was indicted in the United States on Thursday in a narco-terrorism and cocaine trafficking conspiracy in which prosecutors said he led a violent drug cartel even as he amassed power.

The indictment of a putative head of state was highly unusual and served as an escalation of the Trump administration’s campaign to pressure Mr. Maduro to leave office after his widely disputed re-election in 2018. Mr. Maduro has led Venezuela’s economy into shambles and prompted an exodus of millions of people into neighboring countries.


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