Leonel Rivera Says In Court That President Juan Orlando Hernandez Cheated The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez received consignments of cocaine from Colombia and defrauded the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the former Honduran drug lord said in a federal court in New York.
Leonel Rivera, who led the Los Cachiros cartel and now collaborates with the investigation, said in court that he met with the alleged drug dealer Giovanni Fuentes in 2020 at the New York Metropolitan Jail. At this meeting, according to Rivera, the defendant said that “he has evidence, photographs and videos to show how Honduran President Juan Orlando (Hernandez) received consignments of cocaine from Colombia at the airports of San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa.”
Fuentes wanted to ask the US Drug Enforcement Administration to release him from prison for a month in order to obtain this evidence, Rivera said.
The former head of Los Cachiros assured that Fuentes told him that the alleged drug trafficking took place “in front of the DEA, but that the DEA did not know about it, and that Juan Orlando Hernandez was deceiving the US Drug Enforcement Administration.”
The Attorney General’s Office for the Southern District of New York claims that the President of Honduras and the defendant were partners in cocaine trafficking, but President Hernandez has not been charged.
The Honduran president has declared that he is innocent and that Rivera is lying to reduce his sentence.
New York Attorney Jacob Gatwillig told the court last week that Fuentes had given Hernandez a $ 25,000 bribe.
The brother of the President of Honduras, Juan Antonio Hernandez, was convicted of large-scale drug trafficking in October 2019 in New York. He has not yet been sentenced.
Rivera faces a life sentence plus 30 years in prison. The former drug lord hopes that the term will be shortened in exchange for his testimony.