TRT World - In February this year, the US Treasury imposed financial sanctions on Venezuela's Vice President Tareck El Aissami, accusing him of abetting drug traffickers and placing his name on their public list of narcotics kingpins.
While the experts TRT World spoke with weren't sure whether Aissami was involved with drug cartels, some say he may have engaged in foul play.
Dr Inaki Sagarzazu, an assistant professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University said Venezuela is a natural transit conduit for Colombian drug traffickers.
"I don't have specific information about Aissami but when relatives of senior leaders have been found to be involved then I guess anything can happen."
He was referring to the famous case of Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas, the nephews of Maduro's wife, arrested by the US on charges of drug trafficking.