The United States Department of Homeland Security has added Tarek El Aissami to its most wanted list, citing his alleged role in the facilitation of “shipments of narcotics from Venezuela” to the region. El Aissami was once vice president of Venezuela and currently serves as Minister of Industry and Production, and is one of the most powerful individuals in the ruling PSUV party.
According to the information provided by the DHS on El Aissami’s profile page:
He facilitated shipments of narcotics from Venezuela, to include control over planes that left from a Venezuelan air base and drug routes through the ports in Venezuela. In his previous positions, he oversaw or partially owned narcotics shipments of more than 1,000 kilograms from Venezuela on multiple occasions, including those with the final destinations of Mexico and the United States.
Back in February 2017, the United States Department of the Treasury placed economic and travel sanctions on El Aissami, alleging that he played a “significant role” in drug trafficking operations in the region.
While El Aissami is not the only regime official to be sanctioned by the United States, he is the first person to be placed on a law enforcement “Most Wanted” list in that country.
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