The Fifth Sentencing Court of Guatemala approved, on September 19, the extradition of Guatemalan Walter Montejo Mérida alias “el Zope” to the United States on drug trafficking charges.
“It is so ordered that the detainee is extradited to the corresponding authorities, and that the [Guatemalan] Ministry of Foreign Affairs is informed about the decision reached,” stated a court clerk when reading the ruling.
Montejo was captured on June 10 in the city of Huehuetenango, 167 miles (269 kilometers) northwest of the capital, in the department of the same name bordering Mexico. The Court of the District of Columbia is accusing him of conspiracy to manufacture or distribute controlled substances. The United States have been requesting his extradition since 2010.
The Court specified in its verdict that the United States considers Montejo an alleged member of the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel.
The drug trafficker has been accused for allegedly receiving drug shipments in Guatemala from South America, and then transporting them to Mexico, with the U.S. as its final destination.