Ex-Venezuelan narcotics officials face drug-trafficking charges
Two former top Venezuelan anti-narcotics officials have been charged by federal authorities in Brooklyn for their alleged roles in an international drug-trafficking scheme, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.
Néstor Luis Reverol Torres, 51, the ex-general director of Venezuela’s National Anti-Drug Office, and Edilberto José Molina, 53, the former sub-director, allegedly aided cocaine runners who smuggled drugs into the US between 2008 and 2010, Brooklyn federal-court documents state.
Torres and Molina allegedly tipped off traffickers about drug raids and law-enforcement whereabouts. They are also accused of arranging for the release of people arrested on drug charges and preventing the deportation of suspects targeted by the US and other countries.
They were indicted in Brooklyn federal court in January. They are not in US custody.
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