Venezuelan Political Scions At The Center Of Huge New York Cocaine Trial

With Venezuela deep inpolitical crisis, two membersof the country’s first family went on trial this week in the U.S. district court in Manhattan for charges ofcocaine trafficking.The two men,Efraín Antonio Campo Flores and Francisco Flores de Freitas, are nephews ofCilia Flores—wife of embattled PresidentNicolás Maduro. Duringopening statements, assistant U.S. AttorneyEmil Bovesaid the pair were secretly recorded planning to ship 800 kilos of coke from Venezuela to Honduras for re-export to the United States.“They believed that they were so powerful in their country,” Bove said, gesturing toward the duo, “that they believed they could ship one metric ton of cocaine” to the United States. According toCourthouse News Service‘s reporter on the scene, Bove titillated the jury with the promise of incriminating video footage. “You’ll see Campo on video holding a kilo of cocaine,” he said. He added that audio evidence will reveal Flores boasting of his control over a Venezuelan airport,...



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