President Trump U.S. Treasury Identifies Venezuelan Vice-President as Narcotics Trafficker…

Moments ago the U.S. Treasury Department announced official sanctions against Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah (El Aissami).  El Aissami is the Executive Vice President of Venezuela.

el-aissami-2WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Venezuelan national Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah (El Aissami) as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for playing a significant role in international narcotics trafficking.

El Aissami is the Executive Vice President of Venezuela.

El Aissami’s primary frontman, Venezuelan national Samark Jose Lopez Bello (Lopez Bello), was also designated for providing material assistance, financial support, or goods or services in support of the international narcotics trafficking activities of, and acting for or on behalf of, El Aissami.

OFAC further designated or identified as blocked property 13 companies owned or controlled by Lopez Bello or other designated parties that comprise an international network spanning the British Virgin Islands, Panama, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Venezuela.

As a result of today’s action, U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions or otherwise dealing with these individuals and entities, and any assets the individuals and entities may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

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“OFAC’s action today is the culmination of a multi-year investigation under the Kingpin Act to target significant narcotics traffickers in Venezuela and demonstrates that power and influence do not protect those who engage in these illicit activities,” said John E. Smith, Acting Director of OFAC.

“This case highlights our continued focus on narcotics traffickers and those who help launder their illicit proceeds through the United States.  Denying a safe haven for illicit assets in the United States and protecting the U.S. financial system from abuse remain top priorities of the Treasury Department.”

El Aissami was appointed Executive Vice President of Venezuela in January 2017.  He previously served as Governor of Venezuela’s Aragua state from 2012 to 2017, as well as Venezuela’s Minister of Interior and Justice starting in 2008.

He facilitated shipments of narcotics from Venezuela, to include control over planes that leave from a Venezuelan air base, as well as control of drug routes through the ports in Venezuela.  In his previous positions, he oversaw or partially owned narcotics shipments of over 1,000 kilograms from Venezuela on multiple occasions, including those with the final destinations of Mexico and the United States.

He also facilitated, coordinated, and protected other narcotics traffickers operating in Venezuela.  Specifically, El Aissami received payment for the facilitation of drug shipments belonging to Venezuelan drug kingpin Walid Makled Garcia.

El Aissami also is linked to coordinating drug shipments to Los Zetas, a violent Mexican drug cartel, as well as providing protection to Colombian drug lord Daniel Barrera Barrera and Venezuelan drug trafficker Hermagoras Gonzalez Polanco.  Los Zetas, Daniel Barrera Barrera, and Hermagoras Gonzalez Polanco were previously named as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers by the President or the Secretary of the Treasury under the Kingpin Act in April 2009, March 2010, and May 2008, respectively.

Lopez Bello is a key frontman for El Aissami and in that capacity launders drug proceeds.  Lopez Bello is used by El Aissami to purchase certain assets.  He also handles business arrangements and financial matters for El Aissami, generating significant profits as a result of illegal activity benefiting El Aissami.

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Lopez Bello oversees an international network of petroleum, distribution, engineering, telecommunications, and asset holding companies:  Alfa One, C.A. (Venezuela), Grupo Sahect, C.A. (Venezuela), MFAA Holdings Limited (British Virgin Islands), Profit Corporation, C.A. (Venezuela), Servicios Tecnologicios Industriales, C.A. (Venezuela), SMT Tecnologia, C.A. (Venezuela), and Yakima Trading Corporation (Panama).

Another entity, Yakima Oil Trading, LLP (United Kingdom), is owned, controlled, or directed by, or acting for or on behalf of, Yakima Trading Corporation (Panama).  Profit Corporation, C.A. and SMT Tecnologia, C.A. have Venezuelan government contracts.  Between 2009 and 2010, Grupo Sahect C.A. provided storage and transportation services for the Venezuelan government agency Productora y Distribuidora de Alimentos, S.A. (PDVAL).

Five U.S. companies owned or controlled by Lopez Bello and/or MFAA Holdings Limited have also been blocked as part of today’s action.  These entities are the following limited liability companies registered in Florida:  1425 Brickell Ave 63-F LLC; 1425 Brickell Avenue Unit 46B, LLC; 1425 Brickell Avenue 64E, LLC; Agusta Grand I LLC; and 200G PSA Holdings LLC.  Additionally, a U.S.-registered aircraft with the tail number N200VR has been identified as blocked property owned or controlled by 200G PSA Holdings LLC.

As a result of today’s action, significant real property and other assets in the Miami, Florida area tied to Lopez Bello have been blocked.

Since June 2000, more than 2,000 entities and individuals have been named pursuant to the Kingpin Act for their role in international narcotics trafficking.  Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1,437,153 per violation to more severe criminal penalties.

Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $5 million.  Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million.  Other individuals could face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.  (read more – official link)

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119 Responses to President Trump U.S. Treasury Identifies Venezuelan Vice-President as Narcotics Trafficker…

  1. Joe Collins says:

    Our president has titanium cojones.

    Liked by 30 people

    • limelite001 says:

      Stefan Molyneux interviewed a 19-year old Venezuelan a few days back. His account of what’s happening in Venezuela is eye-opening. According to him, the Venezuelan people are stupid – their low IQ’s allow them to be easily manipulated into accepting socialism, but now that the SHTF, they are crying out for Chavez again. They still believe he was the best president – even though he started the corruption, theft and slide into the gutter for Venezuela. The army controls the food supply, so the people are starving while those who have the right connections are eating well. No medicine, no functioning hospitals, no basics like toilet paper. And yet the international media does not cover this disaster. They were more than willing to sprout the wonders of socialism when there was still money to keep the ponzi scheme going under Chavez, but now that the coffers are empty – pillaged and stolen bare by the ruling communists – they are silent….Where is Sean Penn??

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    • it’s been sitting there waiting for a man to give the orders.
      not a big trigger, but pulled.
      many are learning my donnie john will reach out…. setting up the bluff?
      i am totally enamored and awestruck by trump. i know i don’t see his end play on any issue. he’s deep and i may well miss what he did even after it’s done. i’m believing he torqued the 9th on purpose – flush ’em out then correct the words, achieve the result plus spotlight the court bias. prime the public for gorsuch. amazing – a Godsend.

      Liked by 5 people

  2. BobW462 says:

    You hear that name, and it just doesn’t sound very Venezuelan. Humpf.

    Liked by 23 people

    • FofBW says:

      My first thought also.

      Liked by 9 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      It most definitely does not. 🙄

      Liked by 5 people

    • SoCal Patriot says:

      There are a number of wealthy people in Central America and Venezuela that emigrated from the Middle East over the last 30 years or so.

      Liked by 4 people

    • Dani TX says:

      According to Wikipedia: Early life[edit]
      El Aissami was born on November 12, 1974[4] and was one of five children.[5] He spent his childhood in El Vigía, Mérida, Venezuela.[6] His father, Zaidan El Amin El Aissami, who is also known as Carlos Zaidan, was a Druze immigrant from Jabal al-Druze in Syria[7] and was an alleged military associate of Saddam Hussein.[8][9] Zaidan, who led a local Ba’athist Party in Venezuela and had connections with leftist political movements in the Middle East, supported Hugo Chávez during the February 1992 Venezuelan coup d’état attempt and was arrested.[10][5] His mother is of Lebanese origin.[11]

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    • deborah foster says:

      That guys name sounded rather Musloid.

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    • Jenny R. says:

      A lot of Middle Easterners emigrated to Central/South America — and while certainly not all of them…a goodly portion of crime families were in the mix. There were a lot of connections to communist movements — drug money helped finance a lot of commie stuff around the globe; connection is still active too: organized crime/Islamic jihad/socialist takeovers…scratch one and you will find the other two.

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    • guitar107 says:

      The name sounds very Muzzie. They have infiltrated everywhere, like a cancer.

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      • He is a Druze according to that Wikipedia entry posted above. The Druze are an Arabic-speaking esoteric ethnoreligious group originating in Western Asia who self-identify as unitarians. IOW, not Muzzie. He is half Lebanese, too, from his Mother. I believe Lebanese are descendants of the ancient Phoenicians. Now look at drugs as, oh say, coca cola or cell phones. You obtain a supply and a market, then apply your Lebanese business skills. Voila! You are now rich and powerful.

        Now above, we have the intriguing phrase, “drug money helped finance a lot of…” and I can fill that in with “…CIA activities.” A good reporter on the San Jose (Calif) Mercury News lost his job on a story alleging just that.

        Soon, we will see a “public outcry” urging the repeal of the latest marijuana legalization laws being passed in a number of American states. Can’t let this legalize drugs thing get out of hand, can we?

        At what point will the public see the insanity of the current drug laws and begin to repeal them all!!! This insane war on drugs must stop!” Note that legal drugs are now implicated in serious addiction problems and even deaths. The problem is so bad now, that legalizing trade in opiates and painkillers will no longer solve the crime and corruption problems we are experiencing throughout the world. But, it’s for sure that arresting a few “kingpins” will do any good, either.

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  3. tax2much says:

    Paging Sean Penn. Mr. Penn, please pick up the white courtesy phone.

    Liked by 22 people

  4. Neural says:

    Good start, next, do the same for Nieto.

    Liked by 7 people

  5. wolfmoon1776 says:

    Venezuelan communists, sketchy ‘Slim surnames, and cartelly druggies. What a trifecta of bad! No wonder no action under Obama administration. Sounds like all the Obama left’s “friends”.

    Liked by 17 people

  6. SoCal Patriot says:

    It breaks my heart watching what is happening to this country. I have been there many times and have a number of Venezuelan friends. Some still live there, but most have emigrated to Florida.

    It is such a beautiful country that was a historical ally of the USA. Chavez and Maduro have destroyed the economy and country…what a shame.

    Liked by 6 people

  7. Dale says:

    Manuel Noriega was also designated as some sort of drug kingpin before papa Bush invaded Panama… just saying.

    Liked by 2 people

    • The Raven says:

      I was there…not the “easy mission” as was made out to be, in the press.

      Liked by 4 people

    • Jenny R. says:

      Noriega was the CIA’s boy.
      He also had connections to the Cubans and to the sokka gakkai group in Japan (it has its own political party, koemetai, ps. don’t take my spellings as truth here, I’m guessing, and gave a lot of money to Noriega). Said group in Japan has a lot of interesting things about it too: Hollywood connections, accusations in Japan of being a cult..and being neo-nazis…lots of interfaith dialogue with a certain religion claimed to be peaceful too.

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  8. jwoop66 says:

    Tarek el wtf is VP of Venezuela?! That is disturbing right there.

    Liked by 5 people

  9. wyntre says:

    Isn’t it weird this happened the same day Maduro banned CNN from the country for reporting fake news?

    And the former WH squatter was BFF with Maduro.

    Just trying to connect dots. Maybe there are none in this case.

    https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2017/02/13/maduro-kicks-cnn-out-of-venezuela-for-report-on-school-food-shortages/

    Liked by 8 people

    • JohnPaulJohnes says:

      Disappointed that CNN will like this.

      Great news against drugs smuggled into the US.
      Trump hasn’t talked much about the drug trade since the NH primaries.
      Heroin is extremely cheap.

      The medical community, law enforcement, and families will benefit if the drug trafficking can be reduced into the US.

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  10. flawesttexas says:

    There has been Middle Eastern immigration into South America. I worked with a Colombian whose ancestors were Lebanese

    Liked by 6 people

  11. All American Snowflake says:

    That’s what I’m talking about…..

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Dizzy says:

    CNN HEADLINE: “Reckless Trump Admin. Destroying Treasured Diplomatic Relations With Venezuela”

    Let’s see how the lugenpresse spins this one.

    Liked by 7 people

  13. SpanglishKC says:

    Law and order. Wow! Trump said drain the swamp. I thought he meant only in DC. He means the world wide swamp. Big job.

    Liked by 11 people

  14. emet says:

    Gen Ramon Davila ( Venezuelan Nat Guard) was indicted years ago for trafficking tons of cocaine onto Miami. Nothing happened to the CIA Station Chief (Campbell) who admitted helping him. Why its almost as if top people in our government were in on it. Fast and Furious except with drugs and vast profits

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  15. Charles says:

    Let’s next see Soros identified as funding domestic terrorism.

    Liked by 14 people

  16. jeans2nd says:

    We see Gen Kelley’s trip last week to Mexico yields more fruit – these sanctions, plus scheduling of SOS Tillerson’s visit to Mexico.

    Secretary of State Tillerson planning trip to Mexico amid tense relations
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/13/secretary-state-tillerson-planning-trip-to-mexico-amid-tense-relations.html

    Cannot keep up with all the winning.

    Liked by 6 people

  17. SPMI says:

    Our government was most assuredly in on it!

    Liked by 5 people

  18. bertdilbert says:

    When does Trump put the Taliban back in power in Afganistan so that they can eradicate the poppies again? Seems we were better off with them in charge. Now it is a money pit producing poppies.

    Liked by 3 people

  19. andi lee says:

    Wow! There is probably so many more arrests going on that we’re missing out on, simply because MSM refuses to cover them. This through, is really great news!

    Liked by 6 people

  20. It’s like Miami Vice all over again!

    Liked by 2 people

  21. Indian says:

    Make no mistake folks!

    Islam is not o only in the USA; It is present at every street corner of the whole WORLD.
    It is an existential threat to the rest of the world’s civilizations.

    Once the Arab Kings were done building their palaces out of the European marbles and Gold plated Rolls Royces; they spent maximum part of their leftover wealth generated by “Petro Dollars” to convert world to Islam. From last 35-40 years, Major part of their wealth went to the rest of the world’s civilizations through corrupt politicians for moral decay and economic degradation.

    Remember; They have an obligation to ALLAH to do this.

    Uni Party’s mad obsession to control Western Education System, Mad obsession to destroy 2nd Amendment, Creation of EPA, Laws specifically designed to curtail Western Entrepreneur ship and rewarding Freeloading Mentality and FINALLY Transporting Armies of Jihadist(Refugees) to the western countries; ALL WITH UNI PRATY’S POLITICAL SUPPORT explains it all.

    It was a clear writing on the wall.

    This country survived till date on 2nd Amendment.
    Now we got REAL President in the World’s First Office. BAD TIME for the SoA’s(Soldiers of Allah).

    MAGA

    Liked by 4 people

  22. feralcatsblog says:

    So who is El Aissami’s main partner, Soros or the CIA?

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Niagara Frontier says:

    I am certain Univision and it’s star journalist Jorge Ramos are on this story as we speak. It would be most helpful if they would share what they already know about contacts that the Obama administration had with some of these unsavory characters.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Doug says:

    thie biggest news for me is the VPs last name? what is that all about..

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  25. andi lee says:

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  26. andi lee says:

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  27. 4bleu says:

    well, this is exactly what a functioning press would inform the public about on a typical news day instead of always running out the clock deflecting with manufactured stories to keep everyone ignorant, and thus unable to understand what’s happening in the world rather than equipped to make calm, informed decisions.

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  28. M33 says:

    So… is this somehow linked to the Clinton Foundation?

    Maybe…?

    Liked by 4 people

  29. In AZ says:

    Venezuela kicked CNN out of the country.
    The only honest thing Madero has done.
    Hahahahaha.

    But it is awful that the people and animals of Venezuela are starving. And it is despicable that the United States government overthrows good leaders to put in Communist and demented Dictators all around the world.

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  30. chiefworm says:

    Anyone else notice that the Miami addresses (1425 Brickwell) is right across the water from Fisher Island. Hummm. Bushes, cocaine, CIA…Hummm.

    Liked by 3 people

  31. Kent says:

    I have long believed that barack Hussein Obama delayed the keystone pipeline to facilitate venezuala…and now this guy with the middle eastern name is Vice Prez of VZ…

    Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah…..

    Ok…uhmmm-hmmmmm….I KNEW there was a rat in the woodpile….

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  32. LP says:

    Yakima Oil Trading, LLP in 2014 (a few months after its listing), leased almost 3k office space at ritzy 375 Park Ave. in NYC. Interestingly, Contemporary art dealer Tobias Meyer
    leased 1,404 square feet on the same floor. Meyer headed the contemporary art division of
    Sotheby’s for more than 20 years, before departing the firm to start a private art business.

    Possibly a money laundering synergy through dodgy black market art sales?

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  33. SezPlez says:

    See what happens when one attempts to elbow into the CIA’s business? International drug trafficking is the CIA’s bailiwick. Notice how heroin had nearly disappeared from the streets of the US by the 1990s? CIA appears again in Afghanistan in the 2000s & here we are.

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  34. rsanchez1990 says:

    So we have a Muslim VP being busted by the Trump administration for drug trafficking and there are reports that ISIS terrorists obtained Venezuelan passports. A few days ago we had Muslim brothers working for Congressmen on intelligence committees fired for unauthorized access to government intel. There are reports circulating that the reason all those high level employees at the State Department were fired a few weeks ago after Rex Tillerson visited was because Tillerson wanted to purge a Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the State Department.

    Things are happening folks. Trump on the campaign trail has said that Hillary Clinton is ISIS’s VIP. How long until the long arm of the law finally catches up to Hillary and our former (and possibly secretly Muslim) President Obama?

    When President Trump talks about eliminating ISIS, he doesn’t mean only the ones in the Middle East. He’s going after all of them.

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    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      Not a Muslim. Druz. Lebanon was once (in my lifetime) the ” Riviera of the Middle East,” a place where, because there was still a substantial, influemtial Christian population, people of all faiths felt comfortable. A friend of mine, a Coptic Christian professor exiled from Egypt, was able to meet his Egyptian family there. Now, however, since the so-called Atab Spring, it is my impression that the always precarious political situation in Lebanon is a shambles.
      There has long been a sort of non-Muslim Lebanese diaspora. I have known Catholics of Lebanese extraction whose families were here for several generations. (Danny Thomas, comedian and actor who founded St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital was a Lebanese Catholic.)

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  35. When Trump said he was going to stop the drugs from flowing in, he meant it. Watch the dominoes fall from here, simultaneously with more human trafficking and pedophile rings going down as well. They are inter-related. Maybe they will work northward from Venezuela to MEXICO where most of it is coming in. Then over to the Florida and JFK airport DRUG PORTAL, then our northern border.

    I really like this Steve Mnuchin Trump’s new Treasury Secretary too. He gets confirmed and BOOM! The sanctions and designation of the dope dealin’ Venezuelans commence!

    #Winning

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  36. All Too Much says:

    I thought I was reading about the Clintons.

    Liked by 1 person

  37. andi lee says:

    LOLOL!
    Samark Lopez Bello is on twitter!

    Mr. Lopez responds to OFAC.

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  38. One of the names above is Walid Makled Garcia.

    Interesting name. Surname is Spanish and the first and middle ARABIC!

    WHAT IN THE HELL (literally hell) is going on in VENEZUELA??!!!!

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  39. Janie M. says:

    Not only was El Aissami running drugs, he was providing Venzuelan passports to Middle Easterners with ties to Hamas and Hezbollah. How many of them entered the US and are still here?

    In a 2015 report by the United States Department of State, “There were credible reports that Venezuela maintained a permissive environment that allowed for support of activities that benefited known terrorist groups.”[32] New York County District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau stated that while El Aissami was head of ONIDEX, Venezuela’s passport and naturalization agency, he provided passports to Hamas and Hezbollah members. He also stated that it was possible that El Aissami was recruiting Arab Venezuelans to train under Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.[15]Joseph Humire, executive director of SFS, states that “Tareck’s network is less ideological and more of a service provider … It’s not so much built on an ideological affinity to anybody, but who wants to pay to play.”[5]

    In February 2017, CNN reported in their article, Venezuelan Passports, in the Wrong Hands?, an investigation performed focusing on the sale of Venezuelan passports to individuals in the Middle East, specifically Syria, Palestine, Iraq and Pakistan. According to Misael López Soto, a former employee at the Venezuelan embassy in Iraq who was also a lawyer and CICPC officer, the Bolivarian government would sell authentic passports to individuals from the Middle East, with the Venezuelan passport able to access 130 countries throughout the world without a visa requirement. López provided CNN documents showing how his superiors attempted to cover up the sale of passports, which were being sold from $5,000 to $15,000 per passport. A confidential intelligence report obtained by CNN stated that 173 individuals from the Middle East were linked to El Aissami, being given Venezuelan passports and ID’s between 2008 and 2015, and that some of these individuals had associations with Hezbollah.[34][32][35]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tareck_El_Aissami

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  40. Jimmy Jack says:

    Sundance, these two pieces are excellent and very important. Shared them on Twitter and Reddit – hope this gets spread left and right.

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  41. IfThenElse says:

    Just thought of the BP Deep Horizon oil spill and how the rigs moved to Brazil and other South American locations. Seems Obama issued some favorable action to that effect.
    Once the brain sees corruption here and there, it seems its everywhere.
    Time for bed.

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  42. Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah (El Aissami) is the Executive Vice President of Venezuela.

    Wut???

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  43. Watcher says:

    This also happened the past couple of days.
    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/justinholcomb/2017/02/13/12-tsa-agents-arrested-in-massive-puerto-rican-cocaine-scandal-n2285374

    Ever wonder how the cia distributed the cocaine flown into Mena AK.
    Check out slick willies buddy Don Tyson (deceased) the chicken man.
    His son runs it now and they loved illegals, but now prefer legal refugees.

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  44. Patriot 1 says:

    You know the corruption runs deep when the VP is corrupt.

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  45. jeans2nd says:

    Perhaps our State Dept good guys might be making some noise with these sanctions?

    “While U.S. officials were gathering evidence under President Barack Obama and prior to El Aissami’s ascent to the vice presidency, action stalled until now. The designations didn’t require President Donald Trump’s personal approval, and Trump has not been involved in the discussions, according to another U.S. official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity.”
    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-13/venezuelan-vice-president-said-to-be-targeted-for-u-s-sanctions

    Hope springs eternal.

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