Raduan Mayorga faces up to 10 years in prison on one count of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute cocaine and another charge of distributing cocaine. A federal grand jury indicted him on June 10, 2020.
Court documents indicate that he also faces a fine of up to $10 million on each count.
Police arrested Mayorga in Honduras on May 15 and he was extradited to the U.S. on August 18. His arrest was “pursuant to a provisional arrest request by the United States.”
The DOJ indicated that Mayorga was living in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, but is a citizen of Nicaragua.
The government stated that it has been investigating a “large-scale drug trafficking organization” since 2008. Prosecutors allege that investigators learned through confidential informants that Mayorga was an “important person” in this organization and orchestrated cocaine shipments from various Central American countries.
The indictment accuses Mayorga of helping move thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico to the U.S. since 2011.
The DOJ described some of the mechanics of the criminal organizations.
“It utilized go-fast speedboats, shipping vessels, submersible watercraft, aircraft, semi-trailer trucks and other motor vehicles to transport large cocaine shipments,” the news release stated.
“The cocaine would originate in Colombia and Ecuador, where it is manufactured, processed, and packaged at clandestine drug laboratories. The drugs would then be transported to and through Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Mexico on their way northward.”
According to statistics published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, border agents have seized about 53,900 pounds of cocaine at the southern border through July this fiscal year.
A copy of the grand jury’s indictment can be found below.
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