US to Accuse Head of Venezuelan Military of Drug Trafficking

According to multiple reports, US prosecutors are preparing to unveil drug trafficking charges against Nestor Reverol, the head of Venezuela’s National Guard.

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Nestor Reverol, the then-Director of the National Drug Office (ONA), talks to the media during a meeting in Caracas, January 11, 2010.
(Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)
Nestor Reverol, the then-Director of the National Drug Office (ONA), talks to the media during a meeting in Caracas, January 11, 2010. (Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Santa Elena, December 16th, 2015. (venezuelanalysis.com)- According to multiple reports, US prosecutors are preparing to unveil drug trafficking charges against Nestor Reverol, the head of Venezuela’s National Guard.

According to people familiar with the matter, Reverol, the former director of Venezuela’s anti-narcotics department, is named in an indictment pending in a New York federal court.

Venezuelan authorities have dismissed the case as a smear campaign led by the US state department against the socialist government of Nicolas Maduro.

Vladamir Padrino, the country’s Defense Minister, tweeted on Tuesday, "Stop the campaign to tarnish the Bolivarian Armed Forces and their leaders. Let the truth come out!”

A series of tweets launched by National Guard officials defended Reverol by pointing out the official is responsible for capturing over a hundred drug bosses.

The accusation comes just a month after the arrests of Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, two nephews of First Lady Cilia Flores, in Haiti on drug charges.

Also named in the accusation is a former deputy of Venezuela’s National Drug Office, Edylberto Molina, who is currently a military attache posted in Germany, the sources said.

The specific charges against Reverol and Molina have not been released.