president in Venezuela's history.
Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) has essentially een destroyed by the Chavez leftist regime, this toan oil company that generated over 90% of thecountry's foreign exchange earnings, whileproviding jobs to around 100,000 employees.Chavez's incompetence has apparently led to "over$50 billion of financial debt to this institution."
However, Chavez's fortune grew considerably as Venezuela's wealth rapidly diminished.Eladio Aponte, a Venezuelan Supreme Court judgeremoved from his post last month for allegedly assisting a drug trafficker, has accused the Chavezregime bosses of "systematic manipulation of thecourts, including meddling in drug cases." Officialshave revealed that Aponte has been in contact withU.S. DEA officials in Costa Rica, where he fled overtwo weeks ago, having been "flown out aboard a U.S.government plane."Hugo Chavez's regime ended cooperation with theDEA in 2005.
Aponte is making open statements about Chavezregime corruption that mirror many similar ones by former Chavez government officials, as well as those y a major Venezuelan drug trafficker, WalidMakled, who is being held by Venezuelan authoritiesand who the U.S. is seeking to extradite.
An affidavit for extradition for Makled, issued inNovember 2010 by the U.S. District Court, SouthernDistrict of New York, states: "From approximately 2006 through August 2010, Walid Makled-Garciaoperated and controlled several airstrips located in Venezuela." The airstrips "were used by differentdrug trafficking organizations in order to fly multi-thousand kilogram quantities of cocaine out of Venezuela, to locations in Central America."
On April 10, 2006, one of these flights that departedfrom Simon Bolivar International Airport in Venezuela, landed in Campeche, Mexico with 5,600