Roxana Baldetti indicted On Drug Trafficking Charges

The United States has accused Roxana Baldetti, former vice president of Guatemala, and Mauricio Lopez, former interior minister, of drug trafficking, according to a diplomatic source. They reportedly carried several kilos of cocaine to the United States.

The former vice-president of Guatemala and the former minister of the interior are said to be involved in a large-scale drug trafficking. This is what the authorities in Washington say.

They are both accused of illegally passing at least five kilograms of cocaine into the United States between January and May 2015,” said the statement of the US Embassy in Guatemala.

Similarly, the two senior officials under the presidency of Otto Perez (2012-2015) should be the subject of a request for extradition to the United States.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala has reacted to its Twitter account, claiming to ignore the complaint against these two former politicians. “So far we have not received a request for extradition. As soon as we have it, we will let you know, “the ministry replied.

Roxana Baldetti is currently in custody for tax fraud and corruption, as is Mauricio Lopez, accused of embezzlement.

The former vice-president was detained in August 2015, three months after resigning, being implicated in a system of corruption in customs. Former conservative Otto Perez is also imprisoned in the case.

Mauricio Lopez has been detained since June 2016, suspected of being involved with other former ministers in a system that would have allowed them to offer sumptuous gifts to President Perez and his dolphin Roxana Baldetti, including a helicopter and a private plane.

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A native of Milan, Italy, Diane has lived across Europe, touching down briefly in Tehran, Iran, and has crisscrossed the U.S. twice over the span of five years. Since 2010, she has called the United States home. Diane got her start in journalism with gigs at Foreign Policy magazine, the AP and the Wall Street Journal, where she helped chronicle the Great Recession from New York. In Canada, Erica worked at Time for three years, where she turned the magazine’s Econowatch blog into a popular reader’s guide to anything from the housing market to income inequality. She was also a regular scribe for Canadian Business magazine, covering U.S. politics and policy and their impact north of the border. In 2014, Diane joined the Christian Science Monitor in Boston as an international business editor, managing a team of 20 foreign correspondents and over 200 stringers spread across four continents. She’s now back in New York, where she spends most of her free time trying to keep up with her spirited toddler. Contact Diane here

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