United States of America has charged Venezuela’s President, Nicolás Maduro and other senior officials in his government with drug trafficking crimes.
United States Attorney General, William Barr announced the charges against the Venezuelan President and offered a $15m reward for any information leading to his arrest.
The US has long accused Mr. Maduro of steering a corrupt and brutal regime, a charge he has rejected on several occasions.
The latest action by the United State is expected to further increase tensions between the two countries.
Four senior Venezuelan officials including the country’s Chief Justice have been charged alongside Maduro.
Washington is backing opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who last year declared himself interim president.
“The Venezuelan people deserve a transparent, responsible, representative government that serves the needs of the people – and that does not…. engage in illicit narcotics trafficking, these individuals violated the public trust by facilitating shipments of narcotics from Venezuela, including control over planes that leave from a Venezuelan airbase,” it added.