“At 1700 hours, a daring amphibious raid was launched from the border of Colombia deep into the heart of Caracas. Our men are continuing to fight right now.”

With these words, Jordan Goudreau, an ex-Green Beret and mastermind behind the Venezuelan debacle, would let the world know that his men were ready to arrest the Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro.

But events ended up dictating otherwise.

Last Monday, May 4, Venezuelan authorities caught two ex-Green Berets while they were trying to infiltrate the country and arrest its president.

The two American mercenaries, Airan Berry and Luke Denman, were arrested alongside six other men as they were attempting a daylight infiltration by a fish boat. They were part of a second wave of mercenaries. The first wave had been compromised a few hours earlier, on Sunday, May 3, resulting in the deaths of six and the arrest of two men.

Dubbed Operation Gideon, the mission was organized and coordinated by Goudreau, CEO of Silvercorp USA, a private security firm based in Florida. The plan was reckless and cavalier, to say the least. On May 1, an Associated Press article had let the cat out of the bag. Despite this compromise, the operation continued. If that wasn’t enough, Goudreau even tweeted about the infiltration as it was taking off, making sure to list the number of personnel involved and also tagging President Trump. Operational security taken to the next level…

According to Goudreau and Denman, the mercenaries were to infiltrate Venezuela, arrest Maduro, and fly him off to the United States. The U.S. Department of Justice has a $15 million bounty on Maduro, who was labeled as a narcoterrorist a few weeks ago. Now, however, Berry and Denman are faced with an uncertain future in a Venezuelan dungeon as Goudreau has gone dark.