UPDATED 9:20 AM PT — Monday, May 4, 2020
The Maduro regime claimed it has detained a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent in an alleged “mercenary attack” on Venezuela.
On Sunday, top allies of embattled leader Nicolas Maduro said the regime’s security forces killed eight mercenaries and captured two others in what they claimed was a foiled attempt to overthrow the government. Regime officials also said they seized weapons, trucks, a speedboat and other equipment.
Venezuela: Mercenary attack foiled this morning in La Guaira
– 8 terrorists killed including Captain Robert Colina alias “Pantera,” 2 mercenaries captured
– seized: 10 rifles, 6 trucks, a speedboat, satellite phones, ammunition
– @dcabellor: One detained is DEA agent pic.twitter.com/HT68ej1WqU
— Camila (@camilateleSUR) May 3, 2020
Maduro officials claimed they were tipped off about the operation by their allies in Colombia.
“We had information that was sent to us from Colombia about this incursion,” stated Diosdado Cabello, president of the constituent assembly loyal to Maduro regime. “We did not have the details where, but today we could see why these boats, you know that they have a GPS, and with the GPS one can trace all the path from where they left, where did they go and those boats left from Colombia.”
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. Navy has continued its anti-drugs and anti-terror operation off the Venezuelan coast.