Honduras Authorizes Extradition of Guatemalan Mob Boss

By Dialogo
December 09, 2011

A senior Honduran judge has authorized the extradition of alleged Guatemalan mob boss Mario Ponce, sought by the United States on drug-trafficking charges.

“Authorization has been granted to turn this citizen over” to the United States, Justice Carlos Vallecillo of the Honduran Supreme Court of Justice stated to the press.

“In the interests of due process, the possibility of filing an appeal with the Supreme Court of Justice exists, and it will be the Court that has the last word on this request made by the United States,” he explained.

Ponce, who is being held in the Tegucigalpa National Penitentiary, is charged in the Southern District of Florida with one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine.

Ponce was arrested at Ramón Villeda Morales Airport in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on May 1, after arriving in a helicopter in which he was allegedly transporting drugs from Guatemala.