The United States They offer rewards of up to 10 million dollars for information that leads to the “arrest or conviction” of three former Venezuelan officials, who for years have not appeared in court and face drug trafficking charges and other crimes, reported the South District Attorney’s Office from Florida.
Former officials are Pedro Luis Martin Olivares, 53, former chief of Economic Intelligence of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin); Rodolfo McTurk-Mora, 58, former head of Interpol in Venezuela, and Jesús Alfredo Itriago, 62, former head of Anti-narcotics of the Scientific, Criminal and Criminalistic Investigations Corps (CICPC)) of the South American country, according to a statement released this Tuesday .
List of drug traffickers
Martín Olivares was accused in April 2015 by a federal jury in Miami of distributing more than five kilograms of cocaine, knowing that it would be illegally imported into the United States, among other crimes, indicates the Prosecutor’s Office.
In May 2018, the US government included in its “black list” of drug traffickers to Martín Olivares, whom he accuses of having laundered money together with Hugo Carvajal, a confidant of the late President Hugo Chávez.
Up to $ 10 million is offered for its capture through the Narcotics Rewards Program, belonging to the US State Department.
Bribery and corruption
McTurk-Mora, on the other hand, he is accused of “conspiring to import more than five kilograms of cocaine into the United States and of conspiring with others to corrupt and prevent the federal prosecution of the (now convicted) drug trafficker Jaime Alberto Marín Zamora in South Florida” , according to the statement.
The Florida Prosecutor’s Office cites that, through his official position as head of InterpolMcTurk-Mora solicited bribes from traffickers arrested in Venezuela to avoid extradition to the United States. For information on his whereabouts, up to 5 million dollars are offered.
The same amount is offered for the capture of Itriago, who in January 2013 was accused by a federal jury in Miami “of conspiring with others to import more than five kilograms of cocaine into the United States.”
Enforce the law
“Whether Venezuelan officials previous or current, whether they committed their crimes years ago or yesterday, whether we catch them tomorrow, months or years from now, I promise one thing: the Department of Justice and its law enforcement partners will not rest until for these criminals to be brought to justice in the United States, “said Ariana Fajardo Orshan, US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
The investigation of these cases was carried out by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), while the International Narcotics and Drug Enforcement Unit Money laundering of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida is the entity that processes them.
Keith Weis, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Field Division of the DEA in Miami, he stated that “the walls are closing in for Martin Olivares, McTurk Mora and Itriago.”