U.S. drug agents smuggling cocaine, Venezuelan president alleges04/10/2013 15:16
The president of Venezuela on Wednesday cast suspicion on an American law enforcement agency saying his nation is probing the American drug enforcement officers to learn whether or not they are involved in narcotics trafficking in his country.
President Nicolas Maduro announced that his own law enforcement officials are investigating whether the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was involved in a recent criminal case involving a multi-million dollar cocaine smuggling operation, according to Jerry Langher, a former narcotics detective and director of corporate security.
“After the gun-smuggling snafu by [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] U.S. federal agents on what’s known as Operation Fast and Furious, more political leaders are finding it easier to make outrageous accusations against the United States,” said Iris Aquino, a former NYPD police official.
“The [Fast and Furious] scandal gives Maduro’s accusation against the DEA more credibility than it would otherwise enjoy,” she added.
French officials interdicted almost a ton-and-a-half of cocaine from a commercial flight from Caracas, Venezuela to Paris, France, on Sept. 11, 2013. The confiscated cocaine shipment is believed to be worth upwards of $270 million (U.S. currency) on American streets, according to Langher.