$15 million reward for capture of Honduran clan

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A total $15 million reward was offered Monday by the State Department for information leading to the arrest and conviction of three Hondurans indicted in a Virginia court on charges stemming from their role as ringleaders in a massive drug-trafficking operation.

The reward will be delivered at the rate of five million dollars for each of the three leaders: Tito Montes-Bobadilla, alias Pimpi, 32 years old; Herlinda Bobadilla, alias Chinda, 61 years old; and Juan Carlos Montes-Bobadilla, alias Mono, 35 years old.

The three fugitives are armed and dangerous, authorities warned.

According to court documents filed at the indictment in Virginia court, from 2006 to 2015 Juan Carlos Montes-Bobadilla, his mother Herlinda Bobadilla, and his brother Tito Montes-Bobadilla ran the Montes-Bobadilla drug trafficking organization known as “Los Montes,” one one of the most powerful drug cartels in Honduras.

Noé Montes-Bobadilla led the Los Montes clan before his arrest and extradition to the United States in 2017. His brothers, Tito Montes-Bobadilla and Juan Carlos Montes-Bobadilla, ran cells with their own supply and distribution networks.

The mother, Herlinda Bobadilla, helped her children in the importation, transportation and distribution of cocaine, according to said documents.

The Montes Bobadilla cartel was created in the 1990s and is credited with having controlled an important area in the Honduran Caribbean and trafficking from there to Central America, Mexico and the United States.

“It is a family organization that operates in the Department of Colón, Honduras, located on the northeast coast. The coastal base of operations allowed the group to receive air and sea shipments of cocaine from Colombia and other South American countries, which are ultimately destined for the United States,” one of the court documents details.

A spokesman for the State Department maintained that the high amount of the reward is due to the fact that the “leadership” of the woman and her children has progressed “significantly” since her previous boss, Noé Montes Bobadilla, also the son of a daughter, was arrested in 2017. Herlinda.

Noé Montes Bobadilla was captured and deported to the United States, where he was brought to trial in 2019 along with another of his collaborators. He was sentenced to 37 years in prison.

The Honduran attorney general’s office announced in 2017 the confiscation of 40 properties allegedly belonging to the clan, based on accusations of money laundering. However, nothing has been known about its members.

Honduran media reports indicate that the Montes Bobadilla clan was created by Pedro García Montes, a Honduran who was the head of payments for the Cali cartel, one of the most important drug trafficking organizations in Colombia.

García Montes, who became a Colombian citizen, was assassinated in Cartagena (Colombia) while he was walking.

Reports from the Honduran Public Ministry indicate that this is when Carlos, Alejandro and Noé Montes Bobadilla, and a cousin of these, Herlinda Ramos Bobadilla, joined the cartel.

Alex Adán was arrested and sentenced, but was later released by armed men while he was under house arrest.

According to Virginia court documents, the Montes Bobadilla cartel had profits of more than US$50 million between 2008 and 2015 as a result of the transfer of drugs to Central America and the Caribbean.

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