Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady have been sentenced to 18 years in prison in the US after being convicted of trafficking drugs.

Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas, age 32, and Efraín Antonio Campo Flores, age 31 were accused of conspiring to smuggle 1,700 pounds of cocaine into the United States.

The men are the nephews of Cilia Flores, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s wife.

The two were arrested in Haiti in November 2015 by undercover US Drug Enforcement agents. They were taken to New York, charged with drug trafficking offences and convicted a year ago.

Prosecutors said they men were in Haiti making arrangements to smuggle cocaine from South America to the US via Honduras.

Prosecutors had sought for a sentence of 30 years, which US District Judge Paul Crotty in New York said “would be excessive” as they had no criminal record.



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