No Venezuela so­lu­tion while traf­fick­ing ram­pant

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A se­nior U.S. State Depart­ment of­fi­cial said Tues­day there will be no long-term so­lu­tion to Venezuela’s po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic up­heaval as long as drug traf­fick­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions in­fil­trate the na­tion’s high­est in­sti­tu­tions.

Wil­liam Brown­field told the U.S. Se­nate’s in­ter­na­tional drug cau­cus that traf­fick­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions in Venezuela have “com­pletely pen­e­trated vir­tu­ally ev­ery se­cu­rity, law en­force­ment and justice-re­lated in­sti­tu­tion.”

“There will be no longterm, demo­cratic, pros­per­ous and se­cure so­lu­tion in Venezuela un­til there is a so­lu­tion to the drug traf­fick­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion pres­ence,” he said.

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