Nephews of Venezuela first lady convicted of cocaine plot – BBC News

Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady have been found guilty of conspiring to import 800kg (1,750lb) of cocaine into the US.Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas, 31, and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, 30, were convicted at a court in Manhattan, New York.Both defendants face up to life in prison when they are sentenced.They were arrested in Haiti in November 2015, following a sting operation by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).Prosecutors said the two men plotted to use a Venezuelan airport’s presidential hangar to send the drugs to Honduras and on to the US.’Slime’The defendants’ lawyers argued that the sting operation was deeply flawed and built around an unreliable informant.The informant, Jose Santos-Pena, was using and dealing cocaine as he helped the DEA build the case, defence lawyers said.Mr Santos-Pena had signed a co-operation deal to testify against the defendants, but when the defence produced evidence that he had lied, prosecutors took the unusual step of announcing in court that his deal would be torn up.

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