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Fresh US drug claims of Hernández

Regional 15 Feb, 2021 Follow News

President Juan Orlando Hernandez denies all drug accusations

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández has denied fresh accusations made by federal prosecutors in New York, that he shielded drug lords, including Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, in exchange for bribes, and sought to flood the streets of the United States with drugs.

The president, whose brother Juan Antonio 'Tony' Hernández was convicted of drug trafficking in October 2019 in New York, was implicated when his name had come up in a previous investigation in the drug trafficking case of Geovanny Fuentes Ramírez.

Fuentes Ramírez, who was arrested while attempting to board a plane at Miami International Airport on March 1, 2020, is accused of conspiring to smuggle cocaine into the US and of killing several people to protect his business.

On Monday, representatives for President Hernandez, who has not yet been charged, tweeted staunch denials of any involvement in the case.

Hernández was identified as 'CC-4' or 'co-conspirator 4' in court documents filed last Friday.

Former Honduran mayor Amílcar Alexander Ardón told prosecutors that former Congressman Tony Hernández guaranteed to provide protection for El Chapo's drug shipments in exchange for $1 million ahead of Juan Orlando Hernández's 2013 presidential campaign.

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