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

By Dialogo
February 23, 2012

A Guatemalan court has authorized the extradition to the United States of
alleged Guatemalan drug boss Elio Lorenzana Cordón, accused of membership in a
drug-trafficking organization, the chief judge, Saúl Álvarez, announced.

“The decision was issued unanimously, and it should be noted that the court
did not address the question of the suspect’s guilt, but only the basis for the
request” for extradition, Álvarez, the president of the Third Criminal Trial Court,
told local press.

Lorenzana Cordón was arrested on November 8, 2011, at his residence in El
Llano, in the department of Zacapa, around 170 km east of the capital, on charges of
conspiracy to import five or more kilos of drugs into U.S. territory.

According to the criminal complaint, Lorenzana Cordón has been under
investigation by the United States since 1999 and is suspected of having received,
stored, and transported drugs by land, together with his family. The suspect’s
father, Waldemar Lorenzana Lima, is also in custody and sought by U.S. law

Lorenzana Lima, alias “El Patriarca” [The Patriarch], is considered the head
of the family business and was arrested on April 26, 2011.

According to the charges, the Lorenzanas worked for Guatemalan drug boss Otto
Herrera, arrested in Colombia, from where he was transferred to the United States to
face 92 drug-trafficking counts, since he was one of that country’s ten most wanted