World International Affairs Drugs Sanctions targeting Venezuela may have stopped the flow of oil to the United States, but they have done little to impede the traffic of another lucrative product—cocaine. The U.S. is the world’s largest consumer of cocaine, and most of it is shipped from Colombia through Mexico and the Caribbean. But as President Donald Trump’s administration has constricted Venezuela with economic pressure, a months-long CNN investigation published Wednesday found that the leftist-led nation had increasingly become a transport hub for cocaine originating in neighboring Colombia and headed to the U.S. The report found that cocaine-carrying flights departing from Venezuela have soared from an estimated two flights a week in 2017 to almost every day in 2018. This year, there were up to five of these planes in the sky at once. The White House first hit Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s administration with sanctions in mid-2017, preventing the country from restructuring its debt. The Trump administration has since doubled down on efforts to oust the socialist leader in an effort to bring National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó to power. As Venezuela continues to face a political and financial crisis caused by internal mismanagement and external intervention, the situation has left the international community’s allegiances… Read full this story
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