5 Honduran National Police officers deny drug case charges

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Posted: Jul 12, 2016 5:17 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Five of six Honduran National Police officers charged in New York with conspiring with the son of a former Honduran president to import cocaine into the United States have pleaded not guilty.

The officers had surrendered on Sunday. They entered the pleas on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court to charges of cocaine conspiracy, conspiracy to use firearms and firearms possession. If convicted they could face mandatory minimums of 10 years in prison and up to life.

The men have been detained without bail, though none of their lawyers made an argument for bail.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) says one officer remains a fugitive.

Former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo's son Fabio Porfirio Lobo was arrested in Haiti last year and pleaded guilty in the case in May.