It is not known what specific crimes they are accused of, but sources said they were linked to the country’s vast drug-trafficking efforts.
CNN initially said the State Department would also designate Venezuela as a sponsor state of terrorism, according to five sources familiar with the situation. However, the State Department, which would officially designate the terrorist, said Thursday it would not do this.
Attorney General William Barr is expected to announce the charges at a press conference Thursday morning. A Justice Ministry spokeswoman declined to comment.
The United States has accused the Maduro regime of widespread human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests and the detention of Venezuelan citizens.
Regime members have also been accused in the past of facilitating drug trafficking operations in the country, in part to fuel a crumbling economy marred by rampant government corruption.
CORRECTION: This title and story has been updated to remove an assertion that the Trump administration planned to designate Venezuela as a sponsor state of terrorism. A State Department official, who makes the designation, said it was false.