US Claims Bolivia and Venezuela Allow Drug Trafficking to Flourish
A US report on drug trafficking reveals that the administrations of Evo Morales and Nicolás Maduro have allowed drug trafficking to flourish within their territory.
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The report, for 2016, is based on recommendations issued by former US President Barack Obama last September when he designated Bolivia, Venezuela, and Burma as responsible for a failed policy in the fight against drugs in the previous 12 months.
According to the document issued by the Obama administration, neither Venezuela nor Bolivia met their commitments against trafficking and drug production in the last year. Venezuela was included in that list in 2007, and Bolivia in 2008.
Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Belize are among the largest producers and transit countries in the world.
Routes from Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico are used to bring supply to the United States, while European markets are accessed through drug routes originating in Venezuela, Brazil, and Bolivia, with West Africa often used as a shipment hub.
It should be noted that recently the US Treasury Department implemented sanctions against Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami, who is accused of collaborating with drug trafficking and terrorism throughout the world.
Specifically, El Aissami is accused of providing Lebanese and Iranian terrorist groups with Venezuelan passports.
And according to the US Treasury Department, El Aissami exercised control over planes that took off from a Venezuelan air base, in addition to controlling drug routes that originate in Venezuelan ports.
El Aissami was recently appointed vice president by Nicolas Maduro, whose government has been weathering a severe economic crisis for several years.
Source: El Nacional