Instead, the country was hit by the greatest economic collapse in its history due to falling oil prices and years of economic mismanagement by the US left-wing government. The country's hospital system collapsed and triggered the exodus of millions of Venezuelans.
Even when Mr. Maduro came to power, he was accused of helping the leadership and ultimately led a drug trafficking organization called Cartel de los Soles or Cartel of the Suns, named after the sun-shaped stars that Venezuela's military officers wore on their uniforms carry. Under his and other leadership, the group sought to enrich its members, strengthen its power, "flood" the United States with cocaine, and inflict the harmful and addictive effects of the drug on consumers in that country, "an indictment said
The cartel "prioritized using cocaine as a weapon against America and importing as much cocaine as possible into the United States," the indictment said.
Mr. Maduro acted several FARC deliveries of cocaine, ordered his cartel to provide the group with military-grade weapons, and coordinated foreign policy with Honduras and other countries to "facilitate large-scale drug trafficking," the indictment said.
Already in 2005, Mr. Chávez instructed Mr. Maduro, then a member of the Venezuelan National Assembly, to issue all Venezuelan judges, ie e would not protect the FARC and its activities from removing charges from their positions in New York that represent a longstanding corrupt relationship between Mr. Maduro and the FARC.
After Mr. Chávez appointed Mr. Maduro Foreign Minister in 2006, the FARC paid Mr. Maduro $ 5 million in drug use through an intermediary through a money laundering system.
Two years later, the indictment, Mr. Maduro and two of his co-defendants, in a meeting with a FARC representative, agreed that the FARC cartel would provide cash and weapons to increase cocaine production. Mr. Maduro also agreed to "abuse his authority as foreign minister" to ensure that the Venezuelan border with Colombia remains open to facilitate drug trafficking, the indictment said.