US sanctions Venezuela vice president
According to Rapporteur Report From, DPA, Link, The sanctions followed a years-long investigation of Tareck El Aissami and an alleged frontman, Samark Lopez Bello, for facilitating drug trafficking through Venezuelan ports and collaborating with Mexican and Colombian traffickers.
The US Treasury added both men to its list of international drug traffickers designated under the Kingpin Act, a list that includes notorious drug traffickers including Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman as well as the Kurdistan Workers' Party.
The sanction prohibits US persons from doing business with the men and freezes US assets that officials suspect are held by Lopez Bello on El Aissami's behalf, including a private plane and real estate in Miami, Florida valued at tens of millions of dollars.
El Aissami, a former justice minister and governor of Venezuela's Aragua state, was named vice-president by President Nicolas Maduro on January 4.
Senior US administration officials took care to emphasize that the sanctions were not political, diplomatic or economic but related to a criminal investigation.