Sunday, February 1, 2015


Rank insignia, Venezuelan General Officers
Leamsy Salazar, the former Venezuelan Marine officer who was the security chief for Diosdado Cabello, his country's president of its National Assembly, and its de facto No. 2 leader, has, in  essence, defected to the United States, and his information could result in indictments of several senior military and civilian leaders for narcotics trafficking.

 Salazar, who is known to be assisting the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), was originally the security chief for Hugo Chavez; he reportedly has accused Cabello of being the leader of the Cartel of the Suns, the loosely-organized drug transportation and distribution system operated by general officers in the Venezuelan Army & National Guard, hence the origin of its name. The Cartel transports FARC-processed cocaine through Venezuela, into Central America, with the United States & Canada being the ultimate destination. Alternatively, cocaine is transported into West Africa, and on into Europe.

It is reasonable to assume that Salazar has first-hand knowledge of the complete cartel military leadership, and the identity of any civilians who advise and assist the generals. Therefore, consider that the risk factors of banking any senior Venezuelan PEPs have increased substantially, as a number of them may have already been indicted by the United States, or will be, as the result of Salazar's assistance. Some of the generals may choose to utilize their immediate relatives or business associates, which means that any new prospective Venezuelan bank client should be subject to enhanced due diligence,. Otherwise, you may be unintentionally banking profits of the Cartel del Sol.  

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