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Let’s talk about the important remarks made recently by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying how (#Iran-backed) Hezbollah has an active role in #Venezuela, as part of a “cocaine corridor.”
“How Hezbollah turned to trafficking cocaine & laundering money through used cars to finance its expansion.”

And all with Obama turning his back…
“They followed cocaine shipments, some from Latin America to West Africa & on to Europe & the Middle East, & others through Venezuela & Mexico to the United States.”
Obama shut down Project Cassandra, the campaign looking into Hezbollah’s international role.
More on how Obama shut down Project Cassandra & effective facilitated Hezbollah’s cocaine network, especially in #Venezuela.
“Operation Titan, in which the DEA worked with Colombian authorities to explore a global alliance between Lebanese money launderers & Colombian drug trafficking conglomerates, was one. Operation Perseus, targeting Venezuelan syndicates, was another.”
“Investigators were also homing in on several dozen key players underneath them who acted as ‘superfacilitators’ for the various criminal operations benefitting Hezbollah, Iran and, at times, their allies in Iraq, Syria, Venezuela & Russia.”
Hundreds of millions of dollars were involved.
“Hezbollah & Iran cultivated alliances with governments along the ‘cocaine corridor’ from the tip of South America to Mexico, to turn them against the United States. The strategy worked in Bolivia, Ecuador & Venezuela, which evicted the DEA, shuttering strategic bases…”
“… & partnerships that had been a bulwark in the US counternarcotics campaign. In Venezuela, Chavez was personally working with Ahmadinejad, & Hezbollah on drug trafficking & other activities aimed at undermining US influence in the region, according to interviews & docs.”
“Within a few years, Venezuelan cocaine exports skyrocketed from 50 tons a year to 250, much of it bound for American cities, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime statistics show.”
“And beginning in 2007, DEA agents watched as a commercial jetliner from Venezuela’s state-run Conviasa airline flew from Caracas to Tehran via Damascus, Syria, every week with a cargo-hold full of drugs and cash.”

More info here:
“They nicknamed it ‘Aeroterror,’ they said, because the return flight often carried weapons & was packed with Hezbollah & Iranian operatives whom the Venezuelan gov would provide with fake identities & travel documents on their arrival.”

More info:
“But when the Obama administration had opportunities to secure the extradition of two of the biggest players in that conspiracy, it failed to press hard enough to get them extradited to the United States, where they would face charges, task force officials told POLITICO.”
“One was Syrian-born Venezuelan businessman Walid Makled, alias the ‘king of kingpins,’ who was arrested in Colombia in 2010 on charges of shipping 10 tons of cocaine a month to the United States.”
“After Colombia's extradition Makled to Venezuela instead of the US, Venezuelan opposition leaders are asking about the millions of dollars in payments Makled claims to have made to Venezuelan gov officials & military officers…”
“While in custody, Makled claimed to have 40 Venezuelan generals on his payroll and evidence implicating dozens of top Venezuelan officials in drug trafficking and other crimes.”
“… retired Venezuelan general and former chief of intelligence Hugo Carvajal, was arrested in Aruba on U.S. drug charges. Carvajal ‘was the main man between Venezuela and Iran, the Quds force, Hezbollah and the cocaine trafficking,’…”
“The head of Venezuelan military intelligence was on the payroll of a Colombian drug lord, invested his own money in drug shipments and personally coordinated the shipment of thousands of kilograms of cocaine…”
“Venezuela was now the primary pipeline for U.S.-bound cocaine... It had also become a strategically invaluable staging area for Hezbollah and Iran in the United States’ backyard, including camps they established to train Shiite militias.”
“The Trump administration also designated Venezuelan Vice President Tareck Aissami as a global narcotics kingpin, almost a decade after DEA agents became convinced he was Hezbollah’s point man within the Chavez, and then Maduro, regimes.”
And this thread sheds more light on the dangerous links between #Iran’s regime & #Venezuela.
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