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Only two days into their deliberations, a federal jury in New York reached a verdict sure to cause a political earthquake in Latin America. Honduran ex-congressman Antonio “Tony” Hernández was found guilty Friday of a drug-trafficking conspiracy that prosecutors say also involved that country’s president.
“Former Honduran congressman Tony Hernandez was involved in all stages of the trafficking through Honduras of multi-ton loads of cocaine that were destined for the U.S.,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement this afternoon. “Hernandez bribed law enforcement officials to protect drug shipments, solicited large bribes from major drug traffickers, and arranged machinegun-toting security for cocaine shipments.”
Trial began two weeks ago with a shocking allegation: Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Richman told a jury that the ex-congressman passed off a $1 million bribe from drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to his brother, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández. More