Guatemala extradites alleged drug kingpin to United States

AP News
Posted: Apr 30, 2015 4:24 PM

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — An alleged narco-kingpin wanted in New York for his purported role in an international drug trafficking conspiracy was extradited to the United States on Thursday, Guatemalan authorities said.

Elio Alexander Lorenzana Cordon, 44, was handed over to U.S. agents and boarded a flight to the United States, said Rudy Esquivel, a spokesman for the Central American nation's prison system.

Lorenzana Cordon has been in custody since August 2011, when he was arrested in the eastern department of Zacapa on a U.S. extradition warrant.

He is the son of 76-year-old Waldemar Lorenzana Lima, alias "The Patriarch," who is considered one of Guatemala's principal drug traffickers.

The elder Lorenzana and another son, also named Waldemar, were extradited to the United States last year.

The U.S. Treasury Department has designated Lorenzana Cordon, his father and two other siblings as drug kingpins, accusing them of using business and agricultural interests as a front for smuggling narcotics.

The Lorenzanas are alleged to have facilitated the operations of Mexico's powerful Sinaloa Cartel in Guatemala, primarily the transport of cocaine northward from South America.

The family is also suspected of working with the Zetas, another cartel based in Mexico.