On Wednesday, the United States Immigration Officials have said that the Venezuelan Government Minister Tareck El Aissami, as a suspected drug smuggler, to the list of most wanted escapist, it said.
Along with a photo of the Industry Minister and former Deputy to President Nicolas Maduro, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) tweets, “Have you seen this #mostwanted #fugitive?”
“He’s wanted for international narcotics trafficking.”
In March, the US Federal Authorities has charges El Aissami with drug trafficking and diving sanctions imposed by Washington
If he is detained and extradited, El Aissami could face a punishment of imprisonment up to 30-years.
In February 2017, the US designated El Aissami has played “a significant role in international narcotics trafficking.”
ICE wrote on its official website that “in his previous positions, he oversaw or partially owned narcotics shipments of more than 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) from Venezuela on multiple occasions, including those with the final destinations of Mexico and the United States.”
El Aissami has condemned the move as “a dirty trick” and declared himself committed and loyal to Maduro Government.
He continued, “Accuse us of whatever you want… we will win.”
Venezuela is struggling with an economic and political crisis, which the UN claims have left a quarter of its 30 million people in need of humanitarian aid.
In January, the National Assembly Speaker Juan Guaido has declared himself as the acting President, branding Maduro as “usurper” on his re-election in 2018 in a poll widely believed to have been provided.
Despite the support of around 50 nations, including the United States, Guaido has been unable to dislodge him from power.