Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and Franqui Flores de Freitas were charged with one count of drug trafficking last Thursday. These two men are the nephews of Venezuela’s first lady, Cilia Flores. Mr. Cabello claims that the United States has kidnapped these two men unjustly, while the United States claim that they planned to smuggle about 800 kg of cocaine into the the country.
Ties between Venezuela and the United States have previously been shaky. The United States and Venezuela have not exchanged ambassadors since 2012 and have had allegations that the United States is trying to “destabilize the Latin American country.” They also claim that the “kidnapping,” of the First Lady’s nephews is a way to damage the elections approaching this December. The two men are planning to plead “not guilty,” at their next court appearance, but who knows what other allegations will continue after this appearance.