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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Juan Orlando Hernandez, Former President of Honduras Extradited to the US on Drug Trafficking Charges

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

Former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández is accused of conspiring to allow the transportation of over 500,000 kilograms of cocaine through Honduras and into the US as well as multiple weapons charges.

The extradition to the United States of former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández was completed this Thursday with his transfer, handcuffed, to the Hernán Acosta Mejía Air Base, in the south of Tegucigalpa, from where he was taken on a plane to New York, to be prosecuted for three charges associated with drug trafficking.

The helicopter that transported Hernández to the Air Base took off around 11:30 a.m. local time (5:30 p.m. GMT) from a special unit of the National Police, where the former president had been held since February 15, 2022, when he was captured in front of his residence, one day after the US asked Honduras for his provisional arrest for extradition purposes.

Between 800 and 1,000 members of the National Police are participating in the "Liberation Operation" to extradite Hernández, under rigorous security measures, according to Security Minister Ramón Sabillón. Five minutes later, the FAH helicopter arrived at the Hernán Acosta Mejía Air Base, where Hernández was taken inside that military facility. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) plane that will take Hernández arrived at the Hernán Acosta Mejía Air Base around 12:00 local time (18:00 GMT).

Before his transfer, his wife, Ana García, released a video in which Hernández proclaims his innocence: "I am innocent, I have been and am being subjected to an unfair process." 

“The truth is a liberating force when it is revealed. In my prayer, that of my family and that of thousands of Honduran families that the truth is revealed and prevails in my case,” said Hernández.

Hernández, 53 years old and who ruled between 2014 and 2022, today goes down in history as the first former president of the Central American country to be required by the United States and extradited to that country, to prosecute him for drug trafficking.

The United States accuses Hernández of three charges related to drug trafficking and the use of weapons to introduce drugs into that country, according to the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa on February 15. Then, the diplomatic legation indicated in a statement that "in total, since approximately 2004, the conspiracy transported more than approximately 500,000 kilograms of cocaine through Honduras to the United States."

The first charge against Hernández brought by the United States is for “conspiracy to import a controlled substance” into that country, with the “knowledge that said substance would be illegally imported” into U.S. territory, “into waters at a distance of 12 miles from the coast of the United States. Additionally, he is charged with “manufacturing, distributing, and possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance aboard an aircraft registered in the United States.”

The second charge is for "using or carrying firearms, or aiding and abetting the use, possession and possession" of "machine guns and destructive devices." Count three refers to a “conspiracy to use or carry firearms, including machine guns and destructive devices, during and in connection with, or possess firearms, including machine guns and destructive devices, in support of the conspiracy to import narcotics,” according to the US indictment.

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  1. Obrador and Cienfuegos can be next in line. Commentators have said bribes are coming in. I am not a Mexico hater, I love Mexico but the current president and his government is bringing down Mexico.

    1. Hi Puncho. You're not a mexico hater. You're not even mexican. What you are though is ignorant.

    2. Juan Otlando Hernandez must have been opposition to ARENA, those have always been drug traffickers nobody persecutes since juan ramon matta ballesteros won fall guy for the kidnapping and murder of Kiki Camarena, but no nk prison for his drug trafficking into the US with Felix Ismael Rodriguez Mendigutia, the cuban narco-terrorista POS.

  2. ALMO is best presidente ever in world. I punch you haters in the nose!

    ALMO should be in power forever like china guy his excelency xi jinping.

    1. Worst President elect thousands have died,on his watch watch out for the ALMO lawyer that attacks like a rabbid, rage infected dog, on anyone that disagrees with his love of AMLO.

    2. 8:09 if the kids want to keep murdering each other, that is not AMLO's fault, if the poolice and national guard is infested with kidnapping/torturer murdering criminals who collaborate or blame shit on "cartels" that is not on AMLO either, that is up to investigations and prosecutors.
      If your incompetent hate can't find a better way to diminish a president elected by the people than by badmouthing him without reason or debate, that is your problem and you are drowning in it because you are one ignorant pendejo...okey?

  3. Why does United States get to extradite the former president of a smaller,poorer country? Because they are a bunch of f#$king bullies! They don't bully China or Russia, do they?

    1. lol they want info on him since he worked with mexican cartels and colobian traffickers. and cause they have solid evidence. why would they bully people they make money off of? look at ukraine tried to join nato got invaded, and remember when Russia gave cuba missiles and now cuba suffers from sanctions. and also only reason why USA got him cause current government turned him in.

    2. I love you mamacita cachetona.

  4. Why not go after all the Mexican narco-presidents? There's a LONG list of narcogovernors and presidents. plenty of testimonies and proof.
    🇺🇸 and 🇲🇽 are business partners in the drug game..
    War on drugs is a joke..


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