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.
— Jose Ruben Zamora (@ChepeZamora) February 24, 2017
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.
— Kailash Joshi (@kellyjoshi) February 25, 2017
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.