Not only since the contacts of the Venezuelan drug cartels started to search for their couriers - so-called Mulas; in the holiday resorts of the Dominican Republic, Maduro and his strange state are at the top of the list of suspects in the international drug business. The regime's advertisers gathered around the hotel complexes in Sosua and Puerto de la Playa. The local authorities reacted with considerable penalties, but are unable to stop the profitable business for couriers to Europe. The ban crate trick had not worked for a long time. Too often, massive quantities had been found in supermarkets, which then, by whatever means, were to be put into circulation in Germany and Europe.
Many a courier also lost their lives; fishers bring the parcels from Latin America to the Caribian Island and improve their meagre existence with each transport with about 10,000 US$. In neighbouring Haiti, drug trafficking is not an urgent problem that the state authorities want to resolve. From Santo Domingo, dozens of planes leave for Europe every day, carrying body packers who have smuggled just enough drugs to make a good cut. Often, parcels are simply smuggled into tourists' luggage, who then unwittingly take the cocaine with them to Europe. There are dozens of these varieties.
Dealer with socialist leanings
Even Maduro's predecessor; Hugo Chávez seemed to have financed his ailing state apparatus through cocaine deals.
Cocaine - this has a long tradition in Venezuela. But the fact that the entire state apparatus has now dedicated itself to dealing the white powder is astonishing. The charges brought against Maduro in New York may well have a political component. Still, even in the years before, the evidence became increasingly clear when it came to the fact that the coke packages that had been washed up on the Canary Islands came from Venezuela. Venezuela was not only a practical transit country for the coke cartels from Colombia but also the entertainer of numerous underground drug markets.
However, there had been indications for years that the Venezuelan state was being transformed into a semi-official drug cartel. The former bus driver Maduro knew something about infrastructure and logistics. Even if not much, but so much that cocaine became the most popular commodity of the Latin American state next to crude oil. Maduro was able to create his mafia. A nation whose content is the state terrorism and was for a long time. The people have been starving for years, while the rulers of the alleged socialist idea live well and enrich themselves wherever possible. Maduro refined the contact to the drug producers, since the death of Chavez and intensified the illegal export of cocaine to numerous international dummy companies. The military in Venezuela has worked for years as the helpful arm of the distribution ring.
Cilia Flores, almost entirely unknown in Europe, was only one manifestation of the drug cartels of the Venezuelan regime. She is the wife of Maduro and the aunt of the two men arrested in New York Effrain Antonio Campo Flores and Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas who wanted to bring 800 kg of cocaine to the USA in 2015, by whatever means.
However, the US Attorney General's indictment reveals a frightening picture:
Source: Justice Department, USA
Source: Justice Department, USA
Part 2: Depleted banana republic and the underground drug market