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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.
Guatemala's President Otto Perez has approved an extradition request from the United States for drug trafficker Waldemar Lorenzana, though the long delayed process underscores the difficulties in bringing major Guatemalan criminals to justice.
A US extradition request for captured kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has already arrived on Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's desk. But with US-Mexico relations chilly, extraditions falling and the Mexican government's record on sending big capos north uneven at best, it appears unlikely Chapo will ever see the inside of a US courtroom.
The US government's declaration of war on the Cachiros drug trafficking gang has sent a message to Honduras' economic and political elites that no one is safe -- but will the strategy backfire?
Drug trafficker Sandra Avila Beltran, better known as Mexico's "Queen of the Pacific," will now face money laundering charges in Mexico following her quick release from US prison, alleviating fears she would walk free having served only a minimal sentence.