MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — The Trump administration announced Wednesday afternoon that the U.S. is moving newly-deployed naval ships toward the coast of Venezuela as it enhances counter-narcotic operations in the Caribbean following a U.S. indictment of Nicolás Maduro on drug charges.

Officials announced a 22-country coalition, led by the US will be operating in the region.

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Ships including Navy destroyers, Air Force surveillance aircraft are in the Caribbean, officials said.

The mission is part of the U.S.’ previously-announced commitment to enhancing counternarcotics operations in the hemisphere.

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The mission has taken on greater urgency following last week’s indictment of Maduro and members of his inner circle and military for leading a narcoterrorist conspiracy accused of smuggling 250-metric tons of cocaine a year into the U.S.

It also comes as Maduro steps up attacks on U.S.-backed Juan Guaidó.

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