Former vice secretary of the United Nations and former executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Pino Arlacchi, said March 28 that Venezuela has always been outside the main cocaine trafficking circuits between the world’s main producer and main consumer: Colombia and the United States.
“I have been dealing with the issue of drugs for forty years, and I have never encountered Venezuela. Before, during and after as executive director of UNODC (1997-2002), [I’ve found that] Venezuela has always been outside the main cocaine trafficking circuits,” Arlacchi said in an article published in the Italian news outlet L’Antidiplomatico.
This comes as the U.S. government charged Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and other top government officials on Thursday of drug trafficking without any proof, arguing that the Maduro administration allowed the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to use the national airspace to transport drugs and “flood the U.S with cocaine.”
“There is no illegal drug trade between Venezuela and the United States, except in the ill fantasy of Trump and his associates,” the seasoned anti-drug expert said, citing “two major sources on the matter.”
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