United States imposes sanctions on 3 Venezuelans under drug kingpin rules

The United States has imposed sanctions on three Venezuelans and 20 companies for narcotics trafficking activity, as it seeks to increase pressure on socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Of the newly sanctioned companies, 16 are based in Venezuela and four in Panama.

They are owned or controlled by the three individuals, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement on its website. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is set to discuss the sanctions in a speech to the Organisation of American States.