The United States announced that it is offering a reward of up to $ 5 million for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of the Venezuelan businessman Samark José López Bello, who faces charges in the North American country for organized crime and support for drug trafficking.
The Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, announced in a statement the reward, which seeks increase pressure against a businessman whom Washington accuses of being the “front man” of the former Venezuelan vice president and current Oil Minister, Tareck el Aissami.
“López Bello worked with others in an attempt to violate and evade sanctions“Americans, Pompeo stressed.
Reward for Maduro
The announcement comes almost seven months after the Department of State announced another reward of up to 10 million dollars, for the capture of El Aissami and four months after he promised up to 5 million to those who help stop the National Superintendent of Cryptocurrencies of the Venezuelan Government, Joselit Ramírez Camacho.
The United States also offers from March up to 15 million dollars, to those who help him arrest or convict the president of Venezuela himself, Nicolas Maduro, accused of narco-terrorism before a court in New York; and up to 10 million for the Chavista leader Diosdado Cabello.
In the case of López Bello, he faces US sanctions for drug trafficking since 2017, and allegedly violated those restrictions by “coordinating with people who were in the United States, using companies based in the United States, to arrange private flights,” according to the State Department’s reward offer.
Those flights helped “El Aissami and others” to travel “between Venezuela, Russia, Turkey and the Dominican Republic “, among other places, and were reserved” using allies who delivered amounts of cash in Caracas, Venezuela, and then take them to the United States.
Due to these transactions and violations of the sanctions, the US authorities filed federal charges in a New York court against the businessman, whom they accuse of being the “figurehead” of El Aissami and to provide “material, financial support, goods and services” for drug trafficking.