Second Former Honduran Mayor Charged with Conspiring to Import Cocaine into the United States and Related Firearms Offenses

United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York U.S. ATTORNEY GEOFFREY S. BERMAN FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE James Margolin (212) 637-2600 DEA (202) 307-7977 Amilcar Alexander Ardon Soriano, former mayor of El Paraíso, Honduras, Charged with Crimes Relating to Large-Scale Drug Trafficking Separate Charges Also Filed Against Mario Jose Calix Hernandez, ... Read More»

Honduran Drug Kingpin Sentenced to Life in Prison

WASHINGTON – Honduran national Sergio Neftali Mejia-Duarte was sentenced today to life in prison for his involvement in a large-scale international narcotics transportation organization. Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg for the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge Adolphus P. ... Read More»

Former Honduran Congressman and Businessman Sentenced to 36 Months for Money Laundering

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE Southern District of New York ACTING U.S. ATTORNEY JOON H. KIM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jim Margolin, Dawn Dearden, Nicholas Biase (212) 637-2600 Yani Benjamin Rosenthal Hidalgo, a Former Honduran Politician and Prominent Businessman, Was Sentenced for Laundering Drug Proceeds for the Cachiros, a Major Honduran Drug Trafficking Organization. Rosenthal Hidalgo’s ... Read More»

U.S. Attorney General and Northern Triangle Attorney Generals meet in El Salvador

On Friday, July 28, 2017, United States Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, met with Attorney General of El Salvador, Douglas Arquímedes Meléndez Ruiz, Attorney General of Guatemala, Thelma Esperanza Aldana Hernández, and Attorney General of Honduras, Oscar Fernando Chinchilla Banegas. This meeting in El Salvador advances gains from the group’s March meeting in Washington DC, where ... Read More»

Statement on the Seizure of Seguros Continental S.A. by the Government of Honduras

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL On October 7, 2015, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the designation of Jaime Rolando Rosenthal Oliva, along with his son, Yani Benjamin Rosenthal Hidalgo, and his nephew, Yankel Antonio Rosenthal Coello, as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign ... Read More»

Statement on the Action by the Honduran Government to Protect the Honduran Financial System

The U.S. Department of Treasury welcomes the swift action by the Honduran government to protect the Honduran financial system by assuming management control of Banco Continental, which was designated by the Office of Foreign Assets Control for playing a significant role in international narcotics trafficking. The Department of Treasury is committed to working with the ... Read More»

Statement on Money Laundering Arrests and OFAC Designations

Today’s designations by the United States Department of the Treasury of three businessmen and seven businesses send a clear message that no one is above the law. We applaud the swift actions taken today by Honduran authorities to ensure the banking system is strong. Hondurans can be confident that it is well-managed and well-protected. We ... Read More»

Treasury Sanctions Rosenthal Money Laundering Organization

Action Targets Three Honduran Money Launderers from the Rosenthal Family and Key Companies WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the designation of three Honduran businessmen and seven businesses as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for playing ... Read More»

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Four Prominent Honduran Businessmen for Laundering the Proceeds of Narcotics and Bribery Offenses

United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jim Margolin, Dawn Dearden, Christian Saint-Vil PHONE NUMBER: (212) 637-2600 One defendant arrested yesterday in Miami, Florida Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Mark Hamlet, the Special Agent in Charge ... Read More»

Statement by Marie Harf, Deputy Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State, on the U.S. – Honduras High Level Security Dialogue

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY MARIE HARF, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON The United States and Honduras have built a strong, longstanding relationship based on mutual respect, cooperation, and common goals. Today, the United States and Honduras held a High Level Security Dialogue and discussed areas where we can continue ... Read More»

Financial Investigations Guide Deployed to Track Dirty Money

TEGUCIGALPA – Ambassador James Nealon and Minister Coordinator of the Government Jorge Hernandez Alcerro today launched Honduras’ first Financial Investigations Guide (Guia de Investigacion Financiera y Contable) that will assist the country’s prosecutors, financial analysts, and law enforcement officers in conducting financial investigations that meet the highest international standards. The guide, grounded in Honduran law, ... Read More»

Ambassador Nealon Visits Puerto Castilla to Inaugurate Joint Training

TEGUCIGALPA – Ambassador James Nealon visited Puerto Castilla, Colon, on September 1 to welcome the U.S. Government’s first Joint High Speed Vessel, USNS Spearhead, which is in port so that U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps personnel can conduct counter-transnational organized crime and counternarcotics training, and support humanitarian assistance operations with their Honduran counterparts. Ambassador Nealon ... Read More»

Honduran Drug Trafficking Organization in Treasury’s Crosshairs

U.S. Treasury Department Office of Public Affairs For Immediate Release Contact: Hagar Chemali, Treasury Public Affairs (202) 622-2960 Los Valles Organization Targeted for OFAC Sanctions WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of the Los Valles drug trafficking organization in Honduras and Honduran ... Read More»
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