My Big, Fat DEA File


“They [the DEA investigators] are flipping all these money brokers,” said a lawyer who is representing two Venezuelan financiers who have had their visas revoked. “The information is coming in very rapidly.”
José de Córdoba and Juan Forero’s piece in the Wall Street Journal today confirms what we’d all figured: there’s a cottage industry in Washington and Miami tasked with fattening up the file on Diosdado Cabello,

An elite unit of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington and federal prosecutors in New York and Miami are building cases using evidence provided by former cocaine traffickers, informants who were once close to top Venezuelan officials and defectors from the Venezuelan military, these people say.

A leading target, according to a Justice Department official and other American authorities, is National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, considered the country’s second most-powerful man.

(Disponible en español aquí…)

The piece stresses that the flow of defectors and new informants helping to fatten up the file has grown from a trickle to a stream recently. And it makes sense: the guys running the Diosdado operation have to live in the same shitty country as everyone else. They have to hustle to find toilet paper like everyone else. They lay awake worrying at night when their teenage kids go out partying, wondering if they’ll come home safe, just like everyone else. But they can’t just leave like everyone else. They’re knee deep in illegal shit. If they want to get out, they have to cooperate with investigators.

Guess what? They’re cooperating.

Listen, I know: a sealed indictment against Diosdado Cabello is about as much use as an ashtray on a motorcycle. Still, it’s nice to know someone is taking the task of documenting this stuff seriously. If for no one else, then for the historians’ sake.

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  1. Most people believe these will prove to be useless, but I digress. This might provoke situations. What if Godgiven thinks being número dos is risky business and decides to take Maduro out? or what if Maduro decides to give Godgiven to the US?

    • Maduro does not have the power to do that and he’s a Cuban puppet. Diosdado has direct control of most of the military firepower.

    • How did that work out for Manuel Noriega? One day Diosdado will be drinking champagne and smoking a Cuban and then next thing is he is sitting in a room on a farm in Virginia. He will/is trapped in Venezuela because he could get nabbed anywhere he might go. If Nicolas wants him gone send him on a mission to several countries – of course there is the problem that Diosdado probably has his own files on people and therefore Nicolas is afraid of him. A classic example of “Prisoner’s Dilemma”

  2. After the blog post of Mr. Feijoo a couple of weeks ago and his recalcitrant obstusness, I can’t get over this quote from the article you refer to:

    Mr. Rodriguez said he believes Mr. Cabello will never make any kind of a deal with the U.S. “Diosdado is a kamikaze,” he said. “He will never surrender.”

    Never have Rumsfield’s words seem most appropriate to describe Chavistas, ‘pockets of dead-enders’.

    If Noriega’s story is any template, these guys have no where to go, hence, they are not going to accept to be voted out of power and risk being put in jail.

    Gangster’s retirement plans are usually thin.

  3. From the article: “Diosdado is a kamikaze. He’ll never surrender”
    Well that’s telling.
    I wonder how the Maduro administration will react to this. Maybe they’ll throw their usual “right-wing imperialist conspiracy” (because God forbid they even dare to touch Diosdado), or they take another approachh.

  4. Always very informative and joy to read this blog!
    Watch out “They’re kept up at night when -their- young kids…”

  5. if you are holding the ashtray over his head ready to hit him with it, it may be useful. The brother is being rolled up too. Now we will try to negotiate those items that are a priority.

  6. the reactions have been visible ever since Leamsy flew the coup. The shootdown of the Bombardier was the opening salvo. Loud and clear.

  7. Its all forgotten now , but the Obama sanctions measure , does allow the US to take steps agaisnt those engaged in or harbouring drug trafficking , measures that can make the govts financial difficulties even more difficult than they are now . If the involvement of Cabello and others in drug trafficking is made the subject ot judicial action in the US the implications can be very worrysome for the regime .!!

    People dont know how far the govt was willing to go against Aruba and the Netherlands when their designated consul to be was threatened with repatriation to the US , a sign of how much they fear becoming involved as parties to abetting a drug trafficking operation because of the revelations of former high officials to the DEA and other US agencies.

    This is a ticking time bomb , the explosion can be very big and do lethal damage to the regime, they know it and they are trembling.

  8. my sources are clamming up. That means they are involved. David Cabello is getting indicted for the DC-9-15 “Cocaine-01” incident. He was airport boss at the time. That was Makled’s load.

  9. TalCual is reporting this story but only saying “high officials” without mentioning godgiven pelucón by name. I guess Teodoro is worried.

  10. “a sealed indictment against Diosdado Cabello is about as much use as an ashtray on a motorcycle” Brilliant!

  11. The whole thing is becoming a big joke. Looks like plenty of first class drug dealers cut a deal with the administration to enjoy their ill gotten gains by stooling on their accomplices. I am just waiting for the day Diosdado himself will ask for DEA protection and I am sure they will grant it to him. After all you already have plenty of shady Venezuelan characters roaming South Florida’s landscape. In the end, they will end up blaming it on Chavez (rightly so?) and South Florida real estate magnates will laugh all the way to the bank, tshaking their heads at how these criollos can be so freaking stupid to pilfer the biggest bonanza they had in oil and dope to prop up the Imperio’s economy instead of attending “El Pueblo”.

  12. Well, to play devil’s advocate (never more appropiate) for a moment.

    If I’m living in Venezuela, and I get somebody to offer me a new life in the US for information… I would be highly tempted to say ANYTHING, ANYTHING. JUST GET ME OUT!!!!

    I’m sure they know how to filter stuff but man, thats too big of a temptation to put in front of somebody when you are asking for secret stuff 😛


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