US prosecutors accuse Honduran president of drug conspiracy

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August 3 at 5:09 PM

MEXICO CITY — U.S. federal prosecutors have accused the Honduran government of essentially functioning as a narco-state, with the current and former presidents having received campaign contributions from cocaine traffickers in exchange for protection.

A 49-page document filed in New York’s southern district on Friday refers to Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández as a co-conspirator who worked with his brother, Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernández, and former President Porfirio Lobo “to use drug trafficking to help assert power and control in Honduras.” It says that the president and his predecessor “relied on drug proceeds” to fund political campaigns and cites “evidence of high-level political corruption.”

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FILE – In this March 11, 2019 file photo, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez steps off a bus at an event to inaugurate a new police force to safeguard urban transit, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. U.S. federal prosecutors have on Friday, Aug. 2, accused Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez of having used $1.5 million in drug trafficking proceeds to secure the presidency. (Fernando Antonio,

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