Torture Victim Seeking U.S. Asylum Faces Deportation for Dropped Pot Charge

Marco Coello was 18 when he was arrested in Caracas Venezuela at a protest against the regime of Nicolás Maduro, successor to the late Hugo Chavez.

Venezuelan police kicked and beat Marco with a golf club, fire extinguisher and tortured him with electric shocks.

After three months, he was released on bail and fled to the United States, where he sought political asylum.

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Trump Sanctions Venezuela’s Vice President as ‘Drug Trafficking Kingpin’

The Trump administration has seriously turned up the heat on Venezuela, slapping sanctions on the country’s vice president as a drug “kingpin.”

On Monday, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) officially named Tareck Zaidan El Aissami as a “Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker” under terms of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) of 1999. The order charges that El Aissami received pay-offs from a trafficking network linked to Mexico’s Zetas narco-gang.

Under the order, U.S. nationals and corporations are barred from doing business with El Aissami, and all his assets within the country are frozen.

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