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A carpenter in Colombia has been released from prison after being wrongly accused of running a money laundering operation, a case that highlights issues in the way the United States and Colombia handle extradition cases that create the potential for error.
Authorities in Honduras have captured the current head of "El Negro" Lobo's drug trafficking network, making him the second Honduran to face likely extradition to the United States. The question now is: will the arrests of more powerful and well-connected kingpins follow?
The US Treasury has added the Valles crime clan to its "Kingpin List," the latest move in an unprecedented campaign against what is arguably Honduras' premier drug trafficking organization.
The extradited former head of Guatemala's Lorenzana criminal organization has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges after reportedly being offered a deal by US authorities, something likely to become commonplace as more and more Guatemalan criminals are extradited to the United States.
As Colombia prepares to release 160 paramilitaries that have served just eight-year sentences under a demobilization agreement with the government, controversy is building about even earlier releases for paramilitaries and drug traffickers that have cooperated with the United States government.
Carlos "El Negro" Lobo has become the first Honduran drug trafficker to be extradited from Honduras to the United States, in a rapidly completed process apparently bereft of appeals, which can be taken as a statement of intent from the Honduran government.
Declassified US State Department cables document how Alfonso Portillo, the former president of Guatemala who recently pled guilty to money-laundering charges in New York, refused a plea deal following his arrest to chance his arm in the corrupt Guatemalan justice system.
Authorities in Honduras have arrested a drug trafficker with connections to Colombia who is first in line for extradition to the United States under the country's 2012 extradition law, in a case that will test the new government's commitment to this justice strategy.
Former Guatemala President Alfonso Portillo has pleaded guilty to charges of accepting bribes and money laundering before a New York court, a turn of events that could spell trouble for corrupt Guatemalan elites accustomed to enjoying impunity for their crimes.
Guatemala's government has extradited longtime drug trafficking suspect Waldemar Lorenzana to the United States, a move that will please the US authorities and send shivers down the spine of the underworld in Central America.