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Venezuelan Carlos Orense Met Arturo Beltran Leyva in Mexico Cooperator Arvelaiz Says

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Substack

SDNY COURT, Nov 30 – Venezuelan indicted narco-trafficker Carlos Orense Azocar was presented in Magistrates Court in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on June 23, 2023 and Inner City Press was (the only media) there. 

 Orense had just been extradited in from Italy and the indictment against him unsealed.

The case was wheeled out and assigned to District Judge Vernon S. Broderick.

On November 30, more names on direct - and 3500 material on cross. Thread:

All rise! Judge: Juror 9 has expressed concern she is not getting paid. I'm going to look into it. It may become an issue. Please bring in the witness. [It is the cooperator Arvelaez, with neck tattoo, still on direct. Seems to have a slight limp.]

Jury entering!AUSA: Let's talk about General Cliver Alcala. Cooperator Arvalaiz: He controlled the central region of Venezuela, so El Pollo Caravajal said.

AUSA: How did Alcala help Orense? Cooperator: Yes. We and our 1000 kilos of cocaine were escorted by Cliver ["Cleaver"]

AUSA: What uniforms did they have? Cooperator Arvelaiz: The green uniform of the Venezuela National Guard. The cocaine was bound for Guatemala, the pilots told me. AUSA: Who did Caravajal recomment Cliver to? Cooperator: Carlos Orense.


OK - in narcos Venezuela trial, now Carlos Orense's lawyer is cross examining cooperator Arvelaiz, after his testimony about El Pollo Caraval, Pedro Luis Martin, Jesus Alfredo Itriago, etc.

 Orense's lawyer: Doesn't my client have legitimate businesses in Venezuela? Cooperator Arvelaez: I'm not aware of any.

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Inner City Press will continue to cover the trial.

The case is US v. Azocar, 21-cr-379 (Broderick)


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