Alleged associate of ex-Honduran president gets life in US jail for drug trafficking

Former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, pictured January 2021Former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez

An alleged associate of former Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez was on Tuesday sentenced by a New York judge to life in prison for drug trafficking.

Geovanny Fuentes Ramirez was also ordered to pay almost $152 million for smuggling tons of cocaine into the United States and for weapons possession.

Fuentes was found guilty in March 2021 following a two-week trial. He was convicted of three counts after a day and a half of deliberations in a Manhattan federal court.

During the trial, US prosecutors said Hernandez had helped Fuentes smuggle tons of cocaine into the United States, an allegation the ex-president denied.

Hernandez’s brother, Tony Hernandez, was sentenced to life in prison for large-scale drug trafficking last year.

Prosecutors had said he was the middle man between Fuentes and the former president, who has not been charged.

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