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Guatemalan Cocaine Kingpin with Ties to Sinaloa Cartel Extradicted To The U.S. To Face Drug Trafficking Indictment

May 4, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Guatemalan Cocaine Kingpin with Ties to Sinaloa Cartel Extradicted To The U.S.  To Face Drug Trafficking Indictment

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The reputed leader of a Guatemalan based transnational drug trafficking organization has been extradited to the United States to face international narcotics trafficking charges in the District of Columbia.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announced on Friday the extradition of Eliu Elixander Lorenzana-Cordon, 43, originally arrested in Guatemala back on Nov. 8, 2011.

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Eliu Elixander Lorenzana-Cordon, after his arrest in 2011

His extradition follows Cordon’s indictment in D.C. Federal Court on charges of conspiracy to traffic cocaine into the United States. Cordone has remained in custody since his arrest while awaiting extradition.

The Guatemalan Air Force transported Lorenzana-Cordon, who arrived in the United States Thursday and appeared for his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay of the District of Columbia on Friday.

The allegations in the indictment accuse Lorenzana-Cordon of running one of, if not the biggest transnational drug trafficking organization out of Guatemala, along with his father, brother and several other family members. U.S. prosecutors allege that between 1996 and 2012, the drug syndicate imported and stocked multi-ton quantities of Colombian cocaine, which was later shipped to Mexico and smuggled into the United States.

Waldemar Lorenzana-Cordon, currently awaits trial after his extradition to the United States

Waldemar Lorenzana-Cordon, currently awaits trial after his extradition to the United States in November 2014

The multi-million dollar cocaine shipments, were first transported to El Salvador on “speed” boats, and then smuggled to Guatemala using land and air vehicles. The organization stored and eventually exported the cocaine to the Sinaloa Cartel, who then trafficked the narcotics into the U.S.

The Department of Treasury designated Lorenzana-Cordon under the Designated Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act because of the role he played in the organization, which has close ties to the Sinaloa Cartel.

Waldemar Lorenzana-Lima, aka "The Patriarch" awaits sentencing in the U.S.

Waldemar Lorenzana-Lima, aka “The Patriarch” awaits sentencing in the U.S. after pleading guilty to conspiracy.

Lorenzana-Cordon’s brother, Waldemar Lorenzana-Cordon, currently awaits trial after his extradition to the United States on Nov. 13, 2014. His father Waldemar Lorenzana-Lima, plead guilty in August 2014 to conspiracy charges in relation to drug trafficking into the United States and awaits sentencing.

Lorenzana faces charges under the same indictment as both his father and brother.

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