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    US Sanctions Venezuela’s VP Over Drug Crime

    They say he’s a kingpin. Vice President Tareck El Aissami, who took office last month, is the most senior Venezuelan official ever targeted by the U.S. His stateside assets, and those of an alleged associate, will be frozen and U.S. citizens are barred from doing business with him over a criminal investigation into allegations he facilitated drug shipments to Mexico and the U.S. The sanctions, which were held up during the Obama administration over concerns about local peace talks, have bipartisan approval — but could increase already strained relations between the U.S. and Venezuela.

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