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U.S. Nets Trove Of Drugs, But 'Enhanced' Operations Haven't Budged Maduro Or COVID

President Trump and his top advisers had high hopes for a surge in deployments targeting South American contraband. They've been productive but not a panacea.
The Navy destroyer USS Pinckney and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Northland sailed together in the Eastern Pacific on April 26. The ships are part of an "enhanced" push to stop cocaine smuggling. Source: Petty Officer 3rd Class Erick Parsons

American crews have seized haul after haul of drugs since the White House announced "enhanced" operations one month ago — but two broad goals of that strategy are so far unmet.

First, Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro remains in power even after the new counter-narcotics gambit and other attempts by Washington to pressure what many nations consider his illegitimate regime.

Maduro and a coterie of his lieutenants even were charged by the Justice Department in connection with drug-trafficking in indictments unsealed in March, albeit with no evident effect on Caracas.

In fact, this week, Maduro , Tareck El Aissami, as oil minister amid energy shortages associated with other international pressure tactics, including sanctions.

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