Tony Hernandez was found guilty of drug and weapons offenses
The brother of incumbent Honduran President Tony Hernandez was sentenced in the United States to life in prison and 30 years in prison for drug trafficking.
Hernandez, 42, was found guilty of drug and weapons offenses in October 2019.
He also will have to pay $138.5 million to the treasury, an amount prosecutors called “blood money” from the drug trade in their indictment memorandum.
Federal prosecutor Matthew LaRoche said Hernandez received millions of dollars in bribes, including $1 million from drug lord Joaquin Guzmán, nicknamed “El Chapo,” that were funneled to the ruling Honduran National Party to fund elections in 2009, 2013 and 2017 for his brother President Juan Orlando Hernandez.
President Hernandez has denied the allegations, and he has not been charged.
In a statement, the Honduran government rejected U.S. prosecutors’ allegations that Honduras is a drug facilitating state.