2012-06-15

Guatemalan Court Authorizes Extradition of Alleged Drug Trafficker to U.S.

Alleged Guatemalan narcotrafficker Horst Overdick is accused of having introduced the first members of the Los Zetas cartel to his country in 2008, and will likely be extradited to the U.S. (Photo: AFP/Johan Ordoñez)

Alleged Guatemalan narcotrafficker Horst Overdick is accused of having introduced the first members of the Los Zetas cartel to his country in 2008, and will likely be extradited to the U.S. (Photo: AFP/Johan Ordoñez)

AFP

On June 13, a Guatemalan court authorized the extradition to the United States of alleged Guatemalan drug trafficker Horst Overdick, accused of bringing the first members of Mexico’s Los Zetas cartel into the country in 2008.

“The court, on analyzing the alleged (offense charged) by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, determines that the extradition request complies with the requirements contained in the international instruments signed by the two states,” said Saúl Álvarez, the court’s presiding judge.

A New York court is seeking the alleged drug trafficker, since investigations indicate that Overdick transported 1,200 kilos of cocaine to the United States in 2002.

On April 12, the U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions against Overdick.

“It is widely believed that Overdick Mejia is responsible for bringing Los Zetas into Guatemala in 2008 in order to eliminate a competing trafficker,” the Treasury Department affirmed in a statement.

The request for his extradition is for the offenses of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and illegally carrying firearms.

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