Honduran President Took Millions from Cartel Lords Like El Chapo, Say U.S. Feds

CBP officers seized nearly 40 pounds of cocaine and heroin at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Laredo Sector)
Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Laredo Sector

Honduras’s current president reportedly received millions of dollars from drug traffickers like Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, according to U.S. authorities. The politician also stands accused of embezzling millions in foreign aid from the United States.

The explosive revelations surfaced last week in a U.S. court filing as part of the trial of Geovanny Fuentes Ramirez. President Juan Orlando Hernandez and his brother, Tony Hernandez, allegedly received millions from drug traffickers–including $1 million from El Chapo in 2013–in exchange for official protection. The allegations also mention some top leaders within the Honduran military who are listed as unnamed parties in the case.

While the case against Ramirez dates back to 2015, days ago, federal prosecutors filed a motion noting that CC-4 or co-conspirator #4 (Juan Orlando Hernandez) and his brother wanted to “shove the drugs right up the noses of the gringos.”

Allegations mentioned by other parties in the case illustrate widespread corruption within the National Party in Honduras, which Hernandez served as its leader for a time. Hernandez is also accused of embezzling millions in foreign aid through corrupt NGOs.

In response to the allegations, the President’s Office in Honduras issued a statement on social media calling the case “opportunistic” and baseless. The statement claimed that Hernandez is internationally recognized for fighting the war on drugs.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com

Brandon Darby is the managing director and editor-in-chief of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and senior Breitbart management. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at bdarby@breitbart.com.     


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