U.S. issues sanctions against 4 Maduro loyalists

List of socialist loyalists facing U.S. sanctions includes Rafael Lacava

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (center) speaksat the Balcn del Pueblo of the Miraflores Government Palace on Jan.23, 2019, in Caracas, Venezuela. (Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – The United States is imposing new sanctions against allies of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.

The Treasury Department on Monday announced the measures against four governors: Omar Prieto of Zulia, Ramon Carrizales of Apure, Jorge Garcia Carneiro of Vargas and Rafael Lacava of Carabobo state.

The move blocks them from financial or commercial transactions with U.S. citizens or entities.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said they had blocked humanitarian aid shipments backed by the United States and opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is recognized by some 50 nations as Venezuela's legitimate leader.