Honduran drug trafficker extradited to U.S. to face charges

Reuters News
Posted: May 09, 2014 7:57 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Honduras has extradited a drug trafficker who worked for a powerful Mexican cartel to the United States, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

Carlos Lobo, a Honduras citizen who worked for Mexico's Sinaloa drug gang, was transferred to U.S. custody on Thursday, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

According to U.S. officials, Lobo trafficked multi-ton loads of cocaine from Colombia for Honduran, Guatemalan and Mexican gangs. He was captured in March and has been indicted on drug trafficking charges in Florida.

His transfer marked the first such case since Honduras changed its law to allow such extraditions two years ago.

The Sinaloa cartel has come under increasing pressure after Mexican security forces captured its top boss earlier this year, and Honduras has become a key transfer site for cartels pushing their drugs north into the United States.

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"Lobo's extradition is an important affirmation of the rule of law in Honduras and a strong signal that President Juan Orlando Hernandez is fully committed to stopping the use of Honduran territory for illicit activity," Psaki said.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)