| Leamsy Salazar |
Leamsy Salazar in 2012
Hugo Chavez bodyguard in the years before his death
Leamsy Villafaña José Salazar was a Lieutenant colonel in the Venezuelan Navy who was also the head of security details for Hugo Chávez and Diosdado Cabello. Salazar defected to the United States in December 2014 with the assistance of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.  He and his family were immediately placed in US Witness protection and, as of March 2016, his whereabouts are therefore unknown.
The Official Narrative of Salazar's defection is that he had discovered that Diosdado Cabello, a close confident of former President Hugo Chavez, was involved in the international drugs trade. There is credible evidence that Salazar, in company with the US DEA and CIA, was involved securing the premature death of Chavez