Venezuelan Narco General Becomes Justice Minister

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A Venezuelan general indicted in January, 2015, by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has been named the Venezuela’s new interior and justice minister Tuesday.

General Nestor Reverol, formerly the director of The National Anti-Drugs Office (ONA), was indicted for facilitating cocaine trafficking into the U.S. from Venezuela, according to an unsealed indictment Monday. President Nicolas Maduro said the DOJ indictment was a “US conspiracy.”

Not only did Maduro dismiss the legitimacy of the U.S. indictment, he went on to assert that Reverol, “broke the world record for capturing traffickers.” In its press release regarding the indictment of Reverol and his former deputy at ONA, Edylberto Jose Molina, the DOJ states the two “alerted the traffickers to future drug raids or the locations where law enforcement officers in Venezuela were conducting counter-narcotics activities to allow drug traffickers to change the location where they stored drugs or alter drug transportation routes.”

Maduro said he believes Reverol will, “give hard hits to paramilitary gangs.” The socialist president went on to praise Reverol’s character, calling him, “a brave man.”

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