Motions have been filed by US federal prosecutors alleging that the president of Honduras took bribes from drug lords and has even despatched within the nation’s navy to protect a cocaine laboratory.
The motions had been filed on Friday with the southern district of New York in opposition to Geovanny Fuentes Ramirez, a suspected drug trafficker from Honduras. Ramirez was arrested in Florida final 12 months and now’s dealing with medication and weapon costs.
The prosecutors alleged the suspect has been part of a high-profile conspiracy to flood the US with cocaine, going straight as much as the president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez. Whereas the official was not explicitly named within the motions, being referred to solely as CC-4 (co-conspirator no. 4), particulars supplied clearly establish him. The paperwork referred to the CC-Four because the nation’s president, and likewise named his brother, Juan Antonio (‘Tony’) Hernandez, a convicted drug trafficker.
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“CC-Four mentioned that he wished to make the US Drug Enforcement Administration assume that Honduras was combating drug trafficking, however that as a substitute he was going to remove extradition and ‘shove the medication proper up the noses of the gringos’,” the motions learn.
Ramirez, who allegedly produced “lots of of kilograms a month” of cocaine and had a number of individuals killed to guard his enterprise, was “excited” to have safety from Hernandez and agreed to work each with him and his brother to get the medication into the US, the paperwork declare. After receiving the high-profile assist, the defendant allegedly acquired military-grade tools and direct safety from the nation’s navy.
“By late 2013, the defendant partnered straight with CC-Four and high-ranking officers within the Honduran navy,” the paperwork state.
The prosecutors mentioned they’ve a witness able to testify “that they and different drug-traffickers had been paying large bribes to CC-Four in trade for defense from legislation enforcement and extradition to the USA.” All in all, Hernandez is believed to have acquired round $1 million in bribes for offering safety to the drug-trafficking enterprise.
Hernandez was elected president of Honduras again in 2013 and obtained re-elected for a second time period in 2017. He has persistently denied any involvement within the drug enterprise, even after his brother was convicted on trafficking costs in 2019. The case in opposition to Tony Hernandez implicated the president as nicely, with the prosecutors alleging that some $1.5 million in drug proceeds had helped him get elected within the first place.
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The president has been portraying himself because the one who combats illicit medication and has even alleged that traffickers have been attempting to border him to take revenge. Regardless of the brand new allegations, no costs in opposition to the president have been introduced by the US, as its Justice Division usually doesn’t file costs in opposition to incumbent international leaders.
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