The Complete Organized Crime Database on the Americas
The Valles are one of Honduras’ largest transport groups, using their base in Copan province, along the Guatemalan border, to fortify their position as a
key go-between for Mexican, Colombian and Guatemalan organizations.
Like the other major Honduran group, the Cachiros, the Valles are a family-run group that has become an important link in the transit of cocaine from South American producers to Mexican distributors, particularly the Sinaloa cartel.
Political hopeful Jose Miguel Handal Perez, alias “Chepe Handal,” may have failed in multiple attempts to run for office in Honduras, but he has managed to remain in the public eye as one of the country’s most prolific drug traffickers, with strong connections to Mexican cartels.
The Cachiros are one of Honduras’ largest transport groups with a net worth close to a $1 billion. Made up of a family of former cattle rustlers, the organization has become a major player in the movement of cocaine between Colombian and Mexican organizations.