The designation is not aimed at Venezuela or any specific


blacklists Venezuela’s vice president as drug trafficker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) The United States blacklisted Venezuela Canada Goose Outlet Vice President Tareck El Aissami for drug trafficking, the first crackdown by canada goose the Canada Goose sale Trump administration against a top official in President Nicolas Maduro government for money laundering canada goose black friday sale and the drug trade.

Venezuela’s Vice President Tareck El Aissami (C) attends the swearing in ceremony of the new board of directors of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, next to Ramon Lobo, Venezuela’s Economy Vice President, in Caracas, Venezuela January 31, 2017. Department of Treasury said it designated El Aissami for sanctions canada goose outlet store locations under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. His associate, Samark Jose Canada Goose Parka Lopez Bello, was targeted for providing material assistance and financial support for buy canada goose jacket El Aissami activities, Treasury said in a statement.

Treasury also targeted 13 companies owned or controlled by Lopez Bello or other parties that comprise an canada goose clearance sale international network spanning the British Virgin Islands, Panama, Britain, canada goose deals the United More States and Venezuela. administration official told a conference call with reporters.

The Treasury Department said canada goose store El Aissami oversaw or partially owned narcotics shipments of more than 1,000 kilograms from Venezuela on Canada Goose Online multiple occasions, including shipments to Mexico and the United States. administration official estimated the value of property blocked in Miami was worth of millions of dollars. Another official suggested the value of the property seized was not commensurate with the salary of a public official. officials called Lopez Bello a frontman used by El canada goose replica Aissami to handle financial matters and cheap Canada Goose purchase assets.

The Venezuelan government did not immediately respond canada goose coats on sale to a request for comment. officials of trying to smear his administration. officials Canada Goose Jackets denied that Monday designations had anything to do with El Aissami prominent political role. He is a former minister of interior and of justice.

designation is a result of a years long investigation of narcotics trafficking by OFAC. The designation is not aimed at Venezuela or any specific sectors of the Venezuelan economy, the senior official said. jurisdiction are frozen. Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Agency, working with informants in Venezuela to nab influential government officials for money laundering and drug trafficking. drug indictments Canada Goose Coats On Sale against canada goose outlet toronto factory Venezuelan officials, such as Nestor Reverol, the head of Venezuela National Guard.

Senior administration officials declined buy canada goose jacket cheap to say whether President Donald Trump had personally signed off on the sanctions or whether he was involved in the decision.

Typical drug trafficking designations would not Canada Goose online normally rise to the level of the president for approval, but the blacklisting of a top government official of another country is far more sensitive than typical designations.

The sanctions are the first test of how the rocky relationship between the ideological foes evolves under Trump. The unpopular Venezuelan president has so far treaded carefully with Trump. election campaign, Maduro later cooled his rhetoric and said Trump deserved to be given a chance and in any case be worse than Obama

El Aissami, whom local media report is of Syrian and Lebanese extraction, grew up poor in the Andean state of Merida and went on to study law and criminology. He has been both a lawmaker and a state governor for the ruling Socialist Party before being tapped vice president last month.

Venezuelan opposition groups have long accused El Aissami of repressing dissent, participating in drug trafficking rings, and supporting Middle East groups such as Hezbollah.

Their letter referred to El Aissami, noting that his recent appointment as executive vice president put him canada goose coats in line to become Venezuela next leader. That, they said, extremely troubling given his alleged ties to drug trafficking and terrorist organizations.

In a joint statement Republican Representative Ileana Ros Lehtinen and Senator Bob Menendez, a Democrat, called Monday move overdue and praised the Trump administration for quickly and decisively against 2018 canada goose outlet the Maduro government.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio said in a statement he hoped Monday designations were the beginning of a canadian goose jacket move to pressure the Venezuelan government to stop illicit activities and free political prisoners amid its crackdown on canada goose clearance the opposition.

Additional reporting by Yeganeh Torbati and Julia Harte in Washington, and Alexandra Ulmer in Caracas; Editing by Peter Cooney and Mary Milliken.

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