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AP Sources: US to deploy anti-drug Navy ships near Venezuela

AP Sources: US to deploy anti-drug Navy ships near Venezuela

JOSHUA GOODMAN Associated Press
Created: April 01, 2020 12:00 AM

MIAMI (AP) - The Trump administration will soon announce that the U.S. is moving newly-deployed naval ships toward the coast of Venezuela as it enhances counter-narcotic operations in the Caribbean following a U.S. indictment of Nicolás Maduro on drug charges.

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Three people familiar with the policy say it could by announced by President Donald Trump as early as Wednesday.

The mission is part of the U.S.' previously-announced commitment to enhance counternarcotics operations in the hemisphere. But its taken on greater urgency following last week's indictment of Maduro and members of his inner circle and military for leading a narocterrorist conspiracy accused of smuggling 250 metric tons of cocaine a year into the U.S.

It also comes as Maduro steps up attacks on U.S.-backed Juan Guaidó.
 

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