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Honduras extradites “Black Wolf” to US

WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department announced late last week that Honduras has extradited a suspected drug kingpin to the US for the first time ever.

A spokesperson from the State Department said that the Honduran Supreme Court authorized the extradition of Carlos Lobo – known as the “Black Wolf” – to the United States on drug trafficking charges. His extradition took place last week.

“We commend Honduras’ resolve in taking this historic step to extradite one of its own citizens, which strikes a blow against impunity for organized crime and narcotics trafficking,” the spokesperson said. “Mr. Lobo’s extradition is an important affirmation of the rule of law in Honduras and a strong signal that President Juan Orlando Hernandez is fully committed to stopping the use of Honduran territory for illicit activity.

“The Government of Honduras, including its Supreme Court, has sent a clear message that those accused of crimes that jeopardize the safety of Honduran citizens will not be allowed to hide from justice.”

According to the US Treasury Department, Lobo has worked with Colombian suppliers to transport multi-ton loads of cocaine north for Mexican, Guatemalan, and Honduran drug kingpins and organizations, including the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, other Sinaloa Cartel members, and the Honduran drug trafficking organization Los Cachiros. Furthermore, Lobo has laundered illicit proceeds from the sale of narcotics into a variety of assets, including real properties, maritime vessels, and seafood shipping businesses.

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