The former head of security for Diosdado Cabello, president of Venezuela’s national assembly and vice-president of the ruling United Socialist Party (PSUV), is claiming Cabello is also head of a leading drug trafficking gang, the Cártel de los Soles (“The Suns’ Cartel”).

The security officer is, Leamsy Salazar, that fled to the United States, and arrived in Washington on Monday, according to a translated article on InterAmerican Security Watch.

The news has been broadly reported in Spanish-language media, and Spanish-language social networking sites have been buzzing over the development.

Emil Blasco a Washington correspondent from Madrid’s Diario ABC sent a series of tweets on Jan. 26, stating that Salazar is seeking protection in the United States and will testify against Cabello, saying he is the kingpin of the Cártel de los Soles.

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