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Honduran drug kingpin linked to “El Chapo” sentenced to life in U.S. federal prison

May 23, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Honduran drug kingpin linked to “El Chapo” sentenced to life in U.S. federal prison

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Convicted Honduran drug lord  Sergio Neftali Mejia-Duarte alias “El Compa” whose cocaine supplied Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel cartel lead by the infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been sentenced to life behind bars in the U.S.

According to a Justice Department press release, a federal judge in Miami handed down the sentence Monday against the 41-year-old Mejia-Duarte.

A Miami jury convicted the Honduran kingpin in January of cocaine trafficking in ton quantities.

Trial testimony revealed that Sergio Neftali Mejia-Duarte led a transnational drug trafficking organization based in Honduras and Guatemala that was part of a distribution network that spanned from Colombia to Mexico and the United States.

Court documents further indicate how Mejia-Duarte’s criminal organization utilized speedboats, helicopters, and plans to smuggle cocaine into the U.S.

Witnesses testified that a majority of the cocaine was supplied to the Sinaloa Cartel led by Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and Joaquin Guzman Loera, also known as “El Chapo.” Guzman is in custody in New York awaiting trial.

Honduran authorities arrested Mejia-Duarte in August 2017 and he was subsequently extradited to the United State in October of that same year.

Officials said Mejia-Duarte was responsible for smuggling at least 20,000 kilos of cocaine into the United States.

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