Seized cocaine shipment traced to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

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May 2, 2020

Four tons of cocaine worth more than $165 million seized off of the Spanish coast last week has been linked to Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro, US authorities said.

Spanish, Colombian and UK police working in conjunction with the US Drug Enforcement Administration intercepted a ship carrying the drugs 300 miles off the coast of Galicia, in northern Spain. The destination was the port city of Vigo where Spanish cartels were poised to distribute the drugs across Europe, authorities said. The ship, sailing under the flag of Togo, had originated in Venezuela.