Guatemalan Justice Authorizes Extradition of Alleged Drug-Trafficking Kingpin to U.S.
By Dialogo August 08, 2012
On Aug. 6, a Guatemalan court authorized the extradition of alleged Guatemalan drug-trafficking kingpin Waldemar Lorenzana Lima, alias “El Patriarca,” considered to be the link between the Colombian mafia and the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel, to the United States.
“We, the members of the Judicature, believe that the evidence submitted by the Public Prosecutor at the request of the Court of the District of Columbia, are valid for a favorable resolution of the requisition of the United States,” said Saul Alvarez, Chairman of the Third Court of Convictions.
“El Patriarca” is wanted by the Court of Columbia, in New York, but today’s judgment may still be appealed to the Constitutional Court of Guatemala.
Guatemala is the final stage of Central America’s drug trafficking route, which stretches from production regions in South America towards the United States’ market.
Investigators believe that 90% of the cocaine consumed in the United States circulates through Central America.
That chilling figure of 90% makes us a permanent target, not only of the countries of the region that are fighting against the drug gangs but of the U.S.and its multiple programs.