Sweet: 3 Former Chavez Associates Indicted for Drug Crimes

Payback is a bitch:

Among those arrested are Hugo Carvajal, who was Chávez’s close confidant and head of the country’s military intelligence from 2004 to 2009. Carvajal was arrested in Aruba at the request of U.S. prosecutors and is expected to appear in an Aruban court Friday.

Meanwhile, in Miami, former judge Benny Palmeri-Bacchi was arrested on his way to Disney World for a two-week vacation with his family. According to The Miami Herald, Palmeri-Bacchi pleaded not guilty to providing protection for a convicted Colombian drug trafficker.

The third former official charged in the case is Rodolfo McTurk, a former director of Interpol in Venezuela, who is believed to be still in his country. According to the May 2013 indictment unsealed Thursday, McTurk and Carvajal assisted Colombian kingpins in smuggling cocaine from Venezuela to Mexico and the Caribbean between 2004 and 2008, by bribing high-ranking military and law enforcement officials. The drugs were eventually shipped to the United States, authorities said.

Notice that this last guy is still on the run and was the former head of Interpol in Venezuala. The indictment means that an Interpol BOLO will be issued. Sweet, sweet irony.

Posted by: Rusty at 03:07 PM


1 Damn, but Commies really do lie!
Even the cops.
But South American commies like Shining Path have always considered the drug trade to be a weapon against American Imperialism or whatever they are calling us this year.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at July 26, 2014 03:42 PM

2 Having here a "front row seat" to these happenings I can fill you in on more details, as the MSM in the USA hasn't covered much. From people living in Venezuela I have been informed that Hugo Carvajal is a major "big fish" in the Chaves drug trafficking apparatus. Under moderate "enhanced interrogation" by the US he could spill vital information about an organization which has been described by some in the press as bigger than what Pablo Escobar had in his heyday. Venezuela's president Maduro has been going apeshit since his detention, alleging that he is a diplomat. He is scheduled to become Consul in Aruba, but while traveling with a diplomatic passport he has not been officially been given diplomatic immunity in Aruba because his approval has been held up due to his previous history. As soon as the extradition request came in from the US, he was ordered held.
The first reaction from Maduro was to order all oil shipments to Aruba stopped, which was no problem as Aruba has not received any oil from Venezuela for at least the past 25 years. As soon as that was noted he ordered Friday the air space between Aruba and Venezuela closed, which had as result that about 10 passengers from Aruba were stranded in Caracas and over 500 angry Venezuelans stranded in the airport in Aruba, unable to travel back and (as usual for them at the end of their vacation) without a single penny. As that did not work out, that order was rescinded Saturday morning. The last was that radar in Aruba picked up movement of 4 Venezuelan warships towards its coast early this morning. When their authorities were contacted, they said it was just a regular movement and they continued on to Venezuela. As you can see they are engaging in saber rattling. I have also heard that an American aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. America? is supposed to be anchored off the coast of Aruba to keep things quiet.
Well, this is all the news for now, hope that this will give you all an idea of what this is all about and why it is a big deal to the Chavista goverment.

Posted by: Arawak at July 27, 2014 03:07 PM

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