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Stark choice for Venezuela ‘first nephews’: Cooperate or spend decades in prison

The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, or any U.S. attorney, doesn’t typically allow defendants to cooperate after going to trial. But they may make an exception in such a high-profile case as that of Efrain Campo and Francisco Flores, nephews to Venezuela’s leader, considering the information they may have that could implicate other family members of President Nicolas Maduro or high-ranking officials.

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Testimony at Venezuela drug trial ties plot to presidential hangar

On-time delivery was guaranteed, one of the nephews allegedly claimed, because the flight would originate at the presidential hangar in Venezuela – implicating the country’s top office in the conspiracy to smuggle drugs to the United States. A Honduran air traffic controller testified that he helped devise the plan to receive the shipment.

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DEA source trafficking drugs from prison, says lawyer for Venezuelan ‘first nephews’

The revelation of a key witness in a New York drug conspiracy trial is significant for the defense of Efrain Campo, 30, and his cousin Francisco Flores, 31, nephews of Venezuelan first lady Cilia Flores, who allege they were unsuspecting victims of a political plot against them because of their ties to the family of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, an adversary of the United States. Jose Santos Peña, a confidential source working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, talked about another informant named Sentado.

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Venezuela first nephew: ‘I’ve been doing drug deals since I was 18’

A nephew of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and first lady Cilia Flores boasted to DEA confidential informants that he’d been trafficking in drugs since he was a teenager, according to secret recordings of his conversations played in court. The recordings are key to the prosecution’s case that the nephew was not a naive victim of a political scheme but willing and able to use his political connections to smuggle 800 kilograms of cocaine into the United States.

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Trial of Venezuela’s first nephews is more than just a drug smuggling case

Federal prosecutors plan to establish that two nephews of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro – fighting to keep their family in power – sought to monetize their political connections by using one of the largest airports in the country to dispatch massive loads of cocaine to the United States. Defense lawyers will likely paint first lady Cilia Flores’ nephews, Efrain Campo and Francisco Flores, as political pawns targeted by a U.S. imperial agenda set on hurting Maduro at a critical time when he’s trying to maintain control of his country.

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U.S. judge delivers new blow to Venezuelan ‘first nephews’ on eve of trial

A federal judge ruled against the nephews of the Venezuelan first family, saying he won’t block prosecutors from introducing evidence that the cousins lived a wealthy “lifestyle supported through illegitimate” income. U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty of the Southern District of New York also won’t stop the government from submitting evidence that Efrain Campo and Francisco Flores planned to get the drugs from leftist rebels in Colombia.

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Could letting Americans sue Venezuela come back to bite us?

The issue at hand was whether an Oklahoma-based oil company, Helmerich & Payne International, could sue Venezuela over its seizure of oil-drilling rigs. But the justices’ questions might easily apply to some future conflict over the contentious Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which Congress enacted in September after overriding President Barack Obama’s veto.

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Venezuela reopens border with Colombia for first time in almost a year

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans are expected to cross the border to shop for food and medicine.
Jim Wyss jwyss@miamiherald.com
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Venezuela reopens border with Colombia for first time in almost a year

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