The mastermind of the failed coup against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro flew to Colombia on board a jet owned by a businessman close to the Chavez regime in mid-January, wrote Joshua Goodman of Associated Press on May 28, 2020.

Silvercorp. chief Jordan Goudreau and his two US Special Forces buddies, Luke Denman and Airan Berry flew out of Miami’s Opa Locka airport on board a Cessna Citation jet owned by Franklin Duran, who suffered imprisonment in a US facility for not snitching on Chavez, and landed in Barranquilla, Colombia. Goudreau and his pals met the other players in the anti-Maduro in the border town.

Maduro has claimed that Guaidó, whose aides signed a 42-page agreement last year with Goudreau in Miami outlining a plan to take control of the country, was behind last month’s raid, with backing from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA.) However, Goudreau said he was never paid and the two sides angrily split, Goodman said. For its part, the Trump administration has denied it was behind the plot, with the president joking that had the US been involved it would have gone very badly for Maduro.

Durán over two decades has had numerous business ties with the socialist government of Venezuela, making him an odd choice to help a band of would-be-mercenaries overthrow Maduro, the handpicked successor of the late Chávez. Durán and his associates are now at the center of multiple investigations in the US, Colombia and Venezuela into how Goudreau, a combat veteran with three Bronze Stars but little knowledge of Venezuela, managed to launch a failed raid that ended with the capture and arrest of his two special forces colleagues.

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