Honduran President Accused of Assisting to Smuggle Tons of Cocaine into the U.S.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was accused of aiding the US cocaine trade by taking bribes from a drug trafficker.

Assistant New York attorney Jacob Gutwillig said that the defendant in a drug trial, Geovanny Fuentes Ramirez, bribed President Juan Orlando Hernandez with $25,000 in cash in exchange for government protection. 

Ramirez, 50, was arrested trying to leave Miami in 2020 and has been charged with drug and weapon smuggling. 

An accountant who served as a mediator for Hernandez and Ramirez claimed that the dealings took place between 2013 and 2014 and gave the testimonies on the court document.

According to the accountant, Hernandez said he wanted to “shove the drugs right up the noses of the gringos’ by flooding the United States with cocaine.”

Hernandez denied all allegations and tweeted that he would “maintain the international alliance in the fight against drug trafficking until my last day as president on January 27, 2022.”

Hernandez often projected himself as anti-drug and took credit for breaking up powerful crime cartels and extraditing numerous traffickers to the US.

Despite his attempts to improve his image, his brother Tony was convicted in 2019 of large-scale drug trafficking in a New York trial.

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