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U.S. indicts Juan Orlando Hernandez, former Honduran President

After Juan Orlando Hernandez was extradited to the United States on Thursday, U.S. authorities arrested Hernandez and indicted him on drug- and trafficking related charges.

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U.S. indicts Juan Orlando Hernandez, former Honduran President

Hernandez is facing charges for cocaine importation conspiracy and possession of destructive and destructive machines and devices.

The indictment states that Hernandez was involved in a corrupt and violent drug trafficking conspiracy to facilitate the importation in the United States of tons of cocaine. This occurred from at least in 2004 or around. Juan Orlando Hernandez was a part of the conspiracy and received millions of dollars from drug-trafficking groups in Mexico, Honduras, and elsewhere. This included Joaquin Guzman Loera (a/k/a El Chapo), the former leader the Sinaloa Cartel.

According to the indictment, Hernandez used drug-trafficking proceeds for his own financial gain, to finance his political campaigns and to commit voter fraud in connection to the Honduran presidential election of 2013 and 2017.

Hernandez was also allowed to protect drug traffickers, which included his brother, as per the indictment.

Anne Milgram, Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator, stated that this case should be a warning to all leaders in the world who trade on the influence of transnational organized crime to send a message that the DEA will not stop at nothing to investigate these cases.

According to a U.S. official, Hernandez was extradited by the Honduran government on Thursday. He was then brought to New York City by New York authorities to face criminal charges. After rejecting Hernandez's appeal, Honduras’ highest court allowed Hernandez to be sent to America last month.

From 2014 to January, Hernandez was the president. In February, he was detained in Tegucigalpa, Honduras' capital.

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