Midens Okeri Matinez Tursios, former Honduran Congressman. Courtesy PNH
Honduran Security Minister Ramón Sabillon reported that a former Honduran deputy deputy who was sought extradition by the United States for his involvement in drug trafficking was arrested in the country’s northeast on Saturday.
“Mr Midens Okeri Matinez Tursios, 62, has been detained and is awaiting an extradition order to the United States,” the minister told local Radio America this Saturday.
For two years, from 2010 to 2014 and from 2014 to 2018, former right-wing Liberal Party deputies were arrested in the city of Saba, Colon department, about 300 km northeast of Tegucigalpa, according to the minister.
Martinez has been on the run since July 2018, when a federal court in New York requested his extradition.
The former vice president received $1 million from the “Los Catillos” cartel between 2004 and 2014 to arm cocaine shipments to the United States from South American producers, according to indictments made public in the United States last July. I was escorted with the men who did it. .
Since 2010, 50 Hondurans have been extradited, arrested, or voluntarily extradited to the United States for drug trafficking.
Former President Juan Orlando Hernández, who was charged with exporting 500 tons of cocaine to the United States between 2004 and 2022, was extradited to New York last April. His younger brother Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernández was sentenced to life in prison in March 2021.