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.READ MORE: FIU Ranked First Among Florida Public Universities
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.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava In DC To Discuss Gun Violence With President Biden
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.
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