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Venezuelan Drug Aid Sentenced

December 10, 1997

MIAMI (AP) _ The top civilian aide to Venezuela’s former drug czar was sentenced today to nearly 20 years in prison for smuggling cocaine.

In a case that embarrassed both his own government and U.S. law enforcement agencies, Adolfo Romero Gomez was convicted in September on charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine. He could have faced up to life in prison.

His boss _ retired Brig. Gen. Ramon Guillen Davila, former chief of the Venezuela National Guard’s anti-drug unit _ was indicted as a co-defendant but remains free in Venezuela, safe from extradition.

Prosecutors charged Guillen was smuggling cocaine into the United States at the same time he was working with the CIA and the Drug Enforcement Administration to infiltrate Colombian cartels.

Guillen has said he has DEA documents that prove all of the cocaine he handled arrived in Miami under U.S. government supervision.

One 1,000-pound drug shipment that was being monitored by the CIA and the DEA reached the streets of Miami rather than being stopped.

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