81 vehicles seized in Florida to be smuggled into the Nicolás Maduro regime
The fleet, which is estimated to be worth $ 3.2 million, was discovered at Fort Laudardale by agents from the Department of Homeland Security.
Federal investigators reported Wednesday that they have seized 81 vehicles with an estimated value of $ 3.2 million that were heading to Venezuela as part of a smuggling network operated by wealthy people and with political connections. Anthony Salisbury, chief of the Miami National Security Investigations office, said the vehicles were to be smuggled, in violation of United States export laws and sanctions against the Nicolas Maduro dictatorship in Venezuela.
“All of this is part of an ongoing effort to combat foreign public corruption and in particular public corruption in Venezuela (…) and the theft of Venezuelan wealth from the National Treasury for the benefit of a few politically exploited and exposed people, kleptocrats and their associates, ”said Salisbury.
According to the official, many of the vehicles are linked to Venezuelans who are already facing accusations in the United States, including billionaire Raúl Gorrin. This media magnate, connected to the government and wanted in the United States for allegedly having organized a corruption network that stole $ 2.4 billion from the state coffers through fraudulent monetary deals with Venezuela’s oil monopoly.