Honduras has dismantled five drug trafficking cartels in the last five years



Authorities in Honduras have dismantled five drug trafficking cartels "that were previously seen as untouchable," the government reported today.

In a statement read by the Minister of the Presidency, Ebal Díaz, he pointed out that the drug cartels dismantled are Los Cachiros, Valle-Valle, Valle de Sula, Olancho and del Sur.

"Ten years ago, Honduras was on its way to becoming a narco-state," but that changed with the "forceful and consequential" measures of President Juan Orlando Hernandez since his leadership in the National Congress, "the official information added.

Hernandez's actions against drug trafficking and organized crime have "positioned him as one of the most successful and recognized leaders," said Díaz.

The Government partially disseminated what has been done in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, "before the opinions of some sectors of the opposition", that "from the beginning they have opposed the measures promoted" under the "leadership" "de Hernández for more than a decade to fight those scourges.

In this fight, the official information points out, the "Public Prosecutor's Office, the Judiciary, National Congress, Security Forces and allied countries (United States, Mexico, Central America, Colombia, among others) have had an outstanding participation".

The last reactions of the opposition against Hernandez have arisen after last Friday the same government reported that a brother of President Hernandez, Juan Antonio, was arrested in the United States allegedly for drug trafficking.

The Government indicated that "Honduras's policies have been so effective" against drug trafficking that it "went from place 1 to 12 as a drug receiving country."

The other 11 are "Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, Puerto Rico, Chile and Canada, according to a report published by the International Maritime Anti-Drug Center (CIMCON) in 2017" .

In addition, since the extradition was approved, when Hernandez presided over the Parliament and then the Executive, 20 Hondurans have been extradited (to the US) and six decided to surrender voluntarily abroad, the Presidential House said.

He also indicated that "in response to the persecution suffered by drug traffickers, President Hernández and his family have been subject to threats and plots against their lives."

Hernandez has also faced "the resistance of sectors of the political opposition that have rejected the most effective measures in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime."

Since 2010, when Hernandez presided over the Parliament, laws and reforms against drug trafficking and organized crime have been approved, such as the Law on the Definitive Deprivation of the Domain of Illicit Origin and the Law against the Financing of Terrorism.

The Law of Population Security, Law of the National Security and Defense Council, a reform of the Constitution to allow extradition, creation of the National Anti-Extortion Force and the Law of Protection of the Sovereignty of the Air Space, among others are added.

In addition, assets valued at around 1,000 million lempiras (40.8 million dollars), 14,000 firearms; 233 clandestine airstrips used by drug traffickers have been destroyed and 14 narcolaboratories dismantled.

The Government reiterated "that in Honduras nobody is above the law" and that, "in no way, one's responsibilities are transferable to others".

He confirmed his "commitment to continue advancing in the fight against drug trafficking, no matter who falls, facing and without fear, with the accompaniment of all the powers of the State and various sectors of civil society."

Hernandez "reiterates that he will do what he has to do to recover the peace and tranquility of Honduras within the framework of the law," the Presidential House indicated.

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