Exclusive: U.S. to charge Venezuela's National Guard chief with drug trafficking




 
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December 16th, 2015  
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Topic: Exclusive: U.S. to charge Venezuela's National Guard chief with drug trafficking


By Julia Harte and Nate Raymond WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors are preparing to unveil drug trafficking charges against the head of Venezuela's National Guard, according to people familiar with the case, as the United States investigates the suspected involvement of senior Venezuelan officials in the cocaine trade. Nestor Reverol, the former head of Venezuela's anti-narcotics agency and a long-time ally of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, is named in a sealed indictment pending in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, according to the people. Reverol, who leads the branch of Venezuela's armed forces that controls the country's borders, could not be reached for comment by Reuters.




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