The United States yesterday accused a general, two political leaders and an intelligence officer in Venezuela of having ties to drug trafficking and to support the Colombian FARC guerrillas. The surprise statement provoked a strong reaction from Caracas, which repudiated the claims and said they have “no moral to qualify.”
The list of “Specially Designated Individuals” is one of the regularly updated lists that the Treasury Department has according to a research to control drug money and terrorism in the world.
Those who appear in this report are people who appear in the files found on computer of former FARC number two Raul Reyes, after the controversial Colombian military operation that ended with his death in Ecuador in 2008.
The statement by U.S. Treasury Senior argues that four Venezuelans were “arms suppliers, safety, training and assistance to the operations of the FARC in Venezuela.” Designation as a “specially designated narcotics trafficker” implies that the government prohibits U.S. citizens or companies to do business with those affected, who are also freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.