Honduran authorities seized a large amount of property on Monday, including property and vehicles for transporting drugs, from a criminal structure linked to the Sinaloa cartel, and they are trying to arrest their leaders, according to the Public Ministry’s (MP) prosecutor’s office.
“MP has secured 73 properties from a criminal structure with links to the Sinaloa cartel”, while “carrying out raids and arrests,” the agency said in a statement.
As of early Monday, the Special Prosecutor’s Office against Organized Crime (Fesco) and the Directorate of Fight Against Drug Trafficking (DLCN) conducted an operation in the northern departments of Cortés, Yoro, and Colón “for breaking up” the criminal organization, he explained.
- Prosecutors, together with 92 DLCN detectives and 114 military police officers, “carried out 18 raids, an inspection and seizure of two companies, 13 real estate, and 58 vehicles,” he detailed.
The prosecutor’s office indicated that the investigations to break up the gang were carried out for a year. “It was planned that nine arrest warrants would be executed against its main members,” he said.
“It is possible to establish (…) his modus operandi and links with drug traffickers in Mexico (Sinaloa cartel), he added.
According to the prosecution, the gang had a team in charge of transporting the drugs, in addition to other “security and hitmen” in Honduras.
Honduras, like the rest of Central America, is a bridge for cocaine sent by cartels in South America to the United States.
Former president Juan Orlando Hernández himself, officiating Honduras in two periods from 2014 to 2022, He was extradited in April 2022 to New York, accused of shipping 500 tons of cocaine to the United States between 2004 and 2022.
The former president, 55, is at risk of being sentenced to life imprisonment, as happened to his brother, Tony, in March 2021.