The nephews of Nicolás Maduro’s wife Cilia, Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, 30 years old, and “Franqui” Francisco Flores de Freitas, 31 years old, were found guilty of guilty of trying to ship 800 kilograms of cocaine to the U.S. by a federal grand jury last Friday.
After less than two weeks of testimony, the jury of seven women and five men deliberated for approximately six hours to reach the guilty verdict.
Prosecutors say the nephews were planning to send planes loaded with cocaine from Venezuela to Honduras, with the U.S. as the ultimate destination, in hopes of receiving tens of millions of dollars in profit. They were arrested last year by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Haiti, a few days before the first shipment was due to take place.
Interestingly, the defense team was led by
white-shoe law firms Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP and Sidley Austin LLP
Commenter Gringo reminds us
Michelle and Barack Obama met each other while working at Sidley Austin. Bernadine Dohrn, Weatherperson and the wife of Bill Ayers, also worked at Sidley Austin.
Boies Schiller charges $1,000+/hour to criminals with very deep pockets. The nephews’ jury took only six hours to reach a verdict. They now face a maximum of life in prison.