April 16, 2024

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U.S. Prosecutors Charge Honduran President’s Police Ally in Drug Ring

Manhattan federal prosecutors have charged the former chief of the Honduran National Police in a cocaine-trafficking conspiracy case, part of a sweeping investigation into drug-world corruption in Honduras that also implicates the country’s president.

In a complaint unsealed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said Juan Carlos Bonilla Valladares used his position as a high-ranking law-enforcement official to protect a group of politically connected drug traffickers….