US extradites former Honduran president Hernandez to face drug charges
The former President of Honduras has been indicted on federal drug charges and extradited to the United States.
Juan Orlando Hernandez is accused of using his presidency, law enforcement and the military to protect cocaine shipments into the U-S. The DOJ says in return he received millions of dollars in kick backs which he used to finance his political campaigns and enrich himself. That includes a 1 million dollar bribe from El Chapo, the former drug lord who is now serving a life sentence..
Attorney General Merrick Garland says: “Hernández abused his position as President of Honduras from 2014 through 2022 to operate the country as a narco-state.”
Hernandez is accused of pushing 500 thousand tons of cocaine into the United States. The prosecutor says Hernandez once said he wanted quote: “to stuff the drugs right up the noses of the gringos”.
US Attorney Damian Williams says: “Hernandez ensured that the other members of this conspiracy were protected from arrest and investigation. And that their drug shipments were protected by heavily armed security carrying machine guns.”
Many Honduran citizens are victims of drug violence and live in poverty as a result. The average person there makes the equivalent of about 2,200 us dollars per year. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.