Reuters JORGE CABRERA
The US Department of Justice announced that a New York court has issued a conviction against a Honduran citizen who is believed to have been an aide to the country’s president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, in the drug trade.
The accused, Giovanni Fuentes Ramirez, was convicted of conspiring with high-ranking Honduran politicians and members of the Honduran army and police to run a laboratory for producing drugs and smuggling them to the United States via air and sea routes.
Fuentes accused Ramirez of bribing at least $ 25,000 to Orlando Hernandez in 2013, who was then president of Congress in Honduras and later became president of the state, in exchange for cover for the smuggling of cocaine.
Fuentes Ramirez is also charged with other charges related to gang violence and the illegal possession and use of weapons.
The verdict hearing for Fuentes Ramirez will be held on June 22nd. The prison sentence for the charges against him ranges from 10 years to life in prison.
It is reported that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez has repeatedly denied his involvement in drug trafficking, while his brother Juan Antonio Hernandez has been indicted for smuggling 185 tons of cocaine to the United States, and the verdict will be pronounced in his case on March 30th.
Source: RT + agencies