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U.S. Treasury Identifies Honduran Drug Kingpins, U.S. Ambassador Warns Against Aiding Traffickers, Crackdown on Businesses Ends Successfully

LADB Article ID: 79110
Category/Department: Honduras
Date: 2013-10-10
By: George Rodríguez

Sept. 19 was a hectic day in the struggle against drug trafficking in Honduras. The events began with the US Treasury Department revealing the identity of seven people and several businesses as part of the Honduran drug-trafficking gang Los Cachiros. Addressing a conference on money laundering early that afternoon, US Ambassador to Honduras Lisa Kubiske warned financial institutions as well as people helping to launder assets about the risk they place themselves in. Late that evening, Policía Nacional (PN) chief Juan Carlos "El Tigre" Bonilla told reporters that members of the Cobra elite police strike force along with Army troops had secured more than 100 assets—among them real estate that included a zoo, vehicles, bank accounts—worth more than US$500 million, successfully closing an intelligence operation launched seven years ago.

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