Relative of former Honduran President Juan O. Hernández arrested | News

A cousin of the former president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, was arrested this Friday with a suitcase loaded with cash for the equivalent of 16,300 dollars, according to information provided by the police and local security services.


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The operation, which took place in the city of Gracias, Lempira, western Honduras, took place in the context of the case against the former president for an extradition request from the United States, which accuses him of several crimes related to drug trafficking.

The cousin, identified as Marlon Salvador Hernández Quintanilla, according to police reports, would have entered one of Juan Orlando Hernández’s residences in Gracias on several occasions and that in the last one he took out approximately the equivalent of 16,300 dollars in cash, which he intended to move to an unspecified site.

The money is already in the possession of the Administrative Office of Seized Assets (OABI), according to the Police, who explained that the detainee entered the residence of Juan Orlando Hernández, with the aim of removing a fishing net.

Upon leaving the residence, police officers questioned him and inspected the backpack he was carrying. The money was found there, according to the police report.

The case gains notoriety after the arrest this week of Juan Orlando Hernández, to answer, by the Honduran justice if the extradition to the United States proceeds.