• Maibort Petit

Speak up when there is No Freedom without Justice

Updated: Mar 5

A free country depends on a fair justice system. There must be laws to protect society from those who wish to do us harm. What happens when that very system of justice is discredited?


Disinformation Campaign Rages on Judicial Trials of Corrupt Chavistas in the United States.


It is intended to cause to be ignored, years of investigations carried out by various US government agencies.


by Maibort Petit



There is no freedom without justice quote by Simon Wiesenthal
There is no freedom without justice quote by Simon Wiesenthal

Campaign to discredit USA Judicial System

The Venezuelan regime is ramping up its campaign to discredit the U.S. judicial system, especially those cases in which corrupt Chavistas are prosecuted in different U.S. courts. To do this, it would use agents of disinformation who direct all their efforts to disqualify the investigations that government agencies develop over the years to support each of these litigations.



Accused of corruption



 

About the Author

Maibort Petit is a Venezuelan writer, researcher and political scientist specialized in Transnational Organized Crime. Based in New York, she works for various Hispanic media outlets and as a consultant for various firms in New York and Washington DC.



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The Investigation

When on February 13, 2017,

the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah as a Specially Designated Drug Trafficker

under the Foreign Drug Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for playing a significant role in international drug trafficking and

Samark José López Bello

for providing material assistance, financial support or goods or services in support of international drug trafficking activities and acting for or on behalf of the former, did so after an investigation developed for years, which was based on the parameters of the aforementioned legislative instrument.


Such investigations led the government to establish that Tareck El Aissami,

from the different government positions he has occupied,

facilitated drug shipments from Venezuela,

maintained control of planes leaving a Venezuelan air base,

as well as the drug routes through the ports of Venezuela.





Justice System making its case

The Treasury Department's inquiries led them to determine that El Aissami was in charge, either as supervisor or partial owner of drug shipments that exceeded one thousand kilos, from Venezuela to final destinations in Mexico and the United States.


The senior official, the investigations revealed, facilitated, coordinated and protected other drug traffickers operating in Venezuela, specifically Walid Makled García, as well as being linked to drug trafficking operations for the Mexican Los Zetas cartel, providing protection to Colombian drug trafficker Daniel Barrera Barrera and Venezuelan drug trafficker Hermágoras González Polanco.


Meanwhile, these inquiries led the Treasury Department to establish that Samark López Bello acted as a key figurehead for Tareck El Aissami and, from that position, engaged in the laundering of drug proceeds.




The investigations specified that, through López Bello, El Aissami has bought some assets, manages some commercial operations and its financial affairs.


Specifically, López Bello would be in charge of overseeing a number of companies, such as Alfa One C.A. (Venezuela); Grupo Sahect C.A. (Venezuela); MFAA Holdings Limited (British Virgin Islands); Profit Corporation, C.A. (Venezuela); Servicios Tecnológicos Industriales, C.A. (Venezuela); SMT Tecnología, C.A. (Venezuela); and Yakima Trading Corporation (Panama).


It was also determined that five U.S. companies controlled by Samark López Bello and/or MFAA Holdings Limited, namely 1425 Brickell Ave 63-F LLC; 1425 Brickell Avenue Unit 46B, LLC; 1425 Brickell Avenue 64E, LLC; Agusta Grand I LLC; and 200G PSA Holdings LLC, would be part of the operations and, therefore, were blocked by the effect of the designation of OFAC[1].


 



Likewise, the indictment against López Bello in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York establishes that, according to investigations carried out by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the executions that support the charges against him were executed through various entities under its control, namely, PYP International LLC; PEP Venezuelan subsidiary of International LLC, Profit Corporation C.A.; and the Panamanian subsidiary of PYP International LLC, Yakima Trading Corporation.



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It was determined in the investigations that led to the indictment, that López Bello along with Tareck El Aissami and others involved in the irregular operations, carried out a series of transactions and dealings with officials, directors and agents of American Charter Services LLC and SVMI Solution LLC within the United States, which violated Title 21 of the United States Code, Sections 1904(c)(1) and 190 6(a)(2), and Title 31, Code of Regulations, Sections 598.203(a) and 598.406.


Through those same companies. Tareck El Aissami, Samark López Bellos and their associates, carried out operations aimed at evading and avoiding the prohibitions contained in the Kingpin Act.


References

[1] U.S. Department of the Treasury. "Treasury Sanctions Prominent Venezuelan Drug Trafficker Tareck El Aissami and His Primary Frontman Samark López Bello". February 13, 2017. https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/pages/as0005.aspx

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