Maduro regime criminals were foiled in their attempts to evade U.S. sanctions by trying to import scores of cars, including luxury vehicles, into Venezuela for wealthy and politically connected people.
On July 8, Homeland Security Investigations announced the seizure of 81 vehicles — estimated to be worth over $3.2 million — in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. All were bound for Venezuela.
Many of the vehicles are linked to Venezuelans who face preexisting indictments in the U.S., according to media reports. One of these individuals, Raúl Gorrín Belisario, is wanted for laundering millions of dollars to benefit the Maduro regime.
Homeland Security Investigations is still looking into who is buying the rest of these vehicles inside of Venezuela.
“This is the portrait of a declining regime,” Juan Guaidó, the interim president of Venezuela, said on Twitter. “They protect their privileges, they buy luxury vehicles and not respirators.”