Guatemala Extradites Alleged Drug Trafficker to U.S.
By Dialogo December 12, 2012
Guatemalan authorities extradited Horst Walter Overdick Mejía to the United States, a Guatemalan national wanted by the American justice system due to his alleged links with drug trafficking, informed the U.S. Embassy in a statement.
“Overdick Mejía (also known as “El Tigre”) was extradited to the U.S. to face charges in New York for distribution of controlled substances. This represents an important step forward in the joint Guatemalan and American efforts to counter the scourge of drug trafficking in Central America,” the report claimed.
In November 2011, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) started an investigation against the Guatemalan and his alleged links with the Mexican cartel Los Zetas, according to the report.
“This organization was allegedly responsible for the imports of several tons of cocaine from Central and South America to Guatemala, where the cocaine was given to Los Zetas, with the United States as the final destination,” it said.
The U.S. Embassy explained that Overdick was operating “drug trafficking based at a large-scale” in the department of Cobán, about 300km north of the capital, where two years ago former president Álvaro Colom declared state of siege to recover the territory.
The National Civil Police arrested Overdick Mejía on April 3, in the village of San Lucas Sacatepéquez, near the capital, after he was accused of distributing a controlled substance on January 19 in the Southern District of New York.
U.S. authorities confirmed that Overdick helped Los Zetas to enter Guatemala in 2008, which is the strongest drug cartel to operate in this Central American country.