Retired General ‘Helping Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Smuggle 250 TONS of Cocaine to the US Each Year’ Arrested
- The retired general of the Venezuelan military, Cliver Alcalá, was charged with conspiracy to commit narco-terrorism, conspiracy to import cocaine and associated firearms
- He is said to have helped Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ship 250 tons of cocaine to the US annually
- Alcalá surrendered to the agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Barranquilla, Colombia
- This arrest comes two days after the US Department of Justice charged Maduro along with four co-conspirators on narco-terrorism allegations
A man considered one of the loudest critics of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was arrested for allegedly helping the leader ship 250 tons of cocaine to the United States annually.
The retired general of the Venezuelan army, Cliver Alcalá, has been charged with conspiracy to commit narco-terrorism, conspiracy to import cocaine and associated firearms, according to the Associated Press.
Alcalá surrendered to the Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Barranquilla, Colombia, before heading to charges in New York.
“We had everything ready,” Alcalá said in a video on social media.
“But circumstances that plagued us during this struggle against the regime created leaks from the heart of the opposition, the part that wants to co-exist with Maduro.”
This arrest comes two days after the US Department of Justice charged Maduro, along with four co-conspirators on charges of narco-terrorism.
The retired general of the Venezuelan military, Cliver Alcalá, was charged with conspiracy to commit narco-terrorism, conspiracy to import cocaine and associated firearms
The indictment says retired Venezuelan military general Cliver Alcalá helped Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ship 250 tons of cocaine to the United States annually
The Justice Department paid a $ 10 million reward for Alcalá’s arrest.
Alcalá has lived in Columbia since 2018, when he fled Venezuela after it was revealed that he was trying to organize a coup to oust Maduro.
When he was an assistant to then President Hugo Chavez in 2008, Alcalá was commissioned to organize drug shipments to bring together members of the Venezuelan military and guerrilla fighters with the terrorist group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
The Justice Department had paid $ 10 million for tips that led to Alcalá’s arrest
United States Department of Justice sued Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, along with four co-conspirators, over allegations of narco-terrorism
Strangely enough, Maduro has accused DEA of working with Alcalá to kill him.
Alcalá took responsibility for a cache of assault weapons and military equipment made in the United States and seized in Columbia. Alcalá said the weapons would be used to help Maduro, under a contract he had with opposition leader Juan Guaidó and his “American advisers.”
In a video on social media, Alcalá said, “I honestly take responsibility for my actions.”