Efraín Antonio Campo Flores
Efraín Antonio Campo Flores
|Criminal charge||Importation of and intent to distribute controlled substances, including cocaine|
|Criminal penalty||18 years imprisonment|
Efraín Antonio Campo Flores is the nephew of the First Lady of Venezuela, Cilia Flores, the wife of President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro. He was involved in the Narcosobrinos incident, an alleged plot to send hundreds of kilograms of narcotics from Venezuela to the United States. On 14 December 2017 he was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Early life and education
Campo spent his childhood living with his grandmother and over a dozen other family members until he was seven years old when a mudslide destroyed his home and he was adopted by his aunt Cilia Flores, an attorney at that time. Many of Campo's family members were and have continued to hold official positions in the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela.
In August 2015, two months prior to his arrest, Campo earned a law degree in Venezuela and had been living in an apartment with his then pregnant wife.
On 10 November 2015, Campo and his cousin Francisco Flores de Freitas, were arrested by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in Port-au-Prince, Haiti after attempting to transport 800 kilograms of cocaine into the United States. In recorded conversations with informants, Campo described himself as being "the one in charge" and promised that no law enforcement in Venezuela would hinder drug shipments as planes would "depart ... as if ... some from our family were on the plane".
A year later on November 18, 2016, the two nephews were found guilty of their charges, with the potential cash from drug trafficking allegedly being destined to "help their family stay in power". The two were later sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Campo is married to Jessair Rodriguez, with the couple having two children, both boys. His youngest son was born while Campo was incarcerated.
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