Translated by IASW
EMILI J BLASCO
The open power struggle in the Venezuelan chavista circle is not just for political control, but also for control of the drug trade; two spheres that appear to be inextricably linked to each other judging from the increasingly complex information that has recently come to light. A detailed report was provided by retired Venezuelan General Carlos Peñaloza, who resides in the United States.
According to Peñaloza the fatal shooting of General Wilmer Moreno that took place on April 19 is “the beginning of a war between rival drug trafficking gangs”. Several senior military officers involved in narcotics belonged to Chavez’s clique during his early years in the Army, and have been favored by him throughout their careers; individuals like Moreno, Captain Luis Aguilarte (also killed recently), and the country’s Minister of Defense, General Henry Rangel Silva. Their involvement in the drug trade has meant that some of ... Read More