A Honduran agent from the Anti-Drug Trafficking Directorate testified on Thursday that the book consisted of 11 notebooks in total, nine of them the size of a newspaper and two pocket notebooks. He brought them with him on a plane from Honduras for his court appearance. Univision News obtained a complete copy of the ‘narcolibreta’, 350 pages. It contains details of numerous shipments of cocaine of hundreds of kilos that were allegedly received by ‘Tony’ Hernández and then distributed to his conspirators, including Nery Orlando López Sanabria, one of the most notorious traffickers alleged to operate in Honduras.
The document also details the payments to someone identified as “JOH”, which are the initials associated in Honduras with Juan Orlando Hernández, as well as to his “employees”. Univision News requested a comment from President Hernández on the accounting books, but did not receive an immediate response.
Univision was unable to verify whether the references to ‘Tony’ and ‘JOH’ in the notebook referred to the Hernández brothers.RELATED
In a surprising statement of opening the case in court on Wednesday, prosecutor Jason Richman accused President Hernández of having received millions of dollars in bribes from drug traffickers, including a million dollars personally delivered by Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán to the brother of Hernandez
Tony Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
“Alice in Wonderland”
President Hernandez issued a statement Wednesday night, in which he rejected the prosecutor’s allegations saying it was a “100% false, absurd and ridiculous accusation … This is Alice in Wonderland.”
Witness testimony will begin Thursday morning at the trial against his brother, who faces four drug trafficking charges and related charges. Prosecutor Richman described ‘Tony Hernández’ as “a violent cocaine trafficker of epic proportions.”
The revelations in trials add to a series of information that paint an increasingly accurate image of Honduras as a narco-state, which further complicates relations with the United States government, which has called President Hernández a “fantastic” ally in its efforts to contain the migratory flow of Central America.
But Hernández’s case seems to provide evidence of the Honduran government’s own complicity in the increase in violence that made that country one of the most dangerous countries in the world and forced hundreds of thousands of migrants to flee north.
The first witness on Thursday, according to the prosecution, will be an agent of Honduran law, who Richman told the court, will testify about a “drug book he seized last year that was found in a hidden compartment” during Lopez’s arrest. Sanabria, which documents “a small portion of the cocaine (Tony’s) traffic.”
On June 6, 2018, a special unit of the Anti-Drug Trafficking Directorate (DLCN) received information about the whereabouts of López Sanabria that led to his capture on a highway in the northern department of Cortés.
López Sanabria had faked his own death several years earlier in an elaborate plan that involved photos taken of him lying in a coffin and a falsified death report. Since then, he had been living under the false name of Magdaleno Meza Funez, according to Honduran police.
Inside the car in which López Sanabria was traveling, the police who executed the capture found almost $ 200,000 in cash in a hidden compartment under the backseat along with two grenades, guns, jewels and several accounting books. The books detail minor activities such as the maintenance of the cattle ranch of López Sanabria, but also cocaine shipments of up to approximately 1600 pounds (750 kilos).
Since his capture, López Sanabria has suffered multiple attacks that sought to kill him, according to his lawyer, Carlos Chajtur, including an alleged attempt at poisoning and an attempt at
prisoner of smuggling a grenade in the jail where he was being held.
Chajtur also confirmed to Univision News that his client, who remains in jail in Honduras, was captured in possession of the notebooks and noted that “it was strange that they did not appear in court (Honduran).”
Through his lawyer, Univision News sent some questions about the ‘narcolibreta’ to López Sanabria in jail, but received no response. Chajtur refused to discuss the content.
The reason the notebooks were not submitted could have to do with their content. Page after page details the large-scale shipments of cocaine allegedly imported to Honduras by ‘Tony Hernández’ and then distributed to traffickers such as López Sanabria to send to the United States, Spain and Switzerland.
One page indicates the loss of a shipment of 1049 pounds (476 kilos) of cocaine in Guatemala, which is corroborated by news reports of the seizure of an aircraft carrying the same amount after the ship was detected by the radar coming from Honduras. Another page describes the distribution of a cargo, with 1080 pounds (490 kilos) of cocaine allegedly belonging to ‘Tony’ and 352 pounds (160 kilos) to Meza. Each kilo was valued at $ 9,300, or a third of the street value in the United States.
The name ‘Tony’ is mentioned repeatedly in the notebook that involves shipments of cocaine totaling thousands of kilos and tens of millions of dollars. The last mention dates from February 27, 2018, just six months before being arrested in Miami and long after his voluntary meeting on October 25, 2016 with the DEA in which video evidence of a meeting with a member of the Cachiros family crime who will also witness the trial.
A note dated May 11, 2018 and titled “JOH and its people,” also details $ 440,000 in payments to its “employees,” which could mean the initials of President Juan Orlando Hernández.
President Hernández is widely known throughout Honduras for his initials, ‘JOH’. The violent protests against his government in recent years have resulted in the appearance of slogans and street signs painted with the words “Down JOH” or “Viva JOH”.
Another entry, dated November 13, 2017, indicates a “payment to chiefs of prosecutors for taking out a potato car” for $ 28,500, and also “payment to JOH for fumigation” for $ 135,000, in “the coded language of a transaction. of drugs, “as the prosecutor said.
A letter sent by the Department of Justice to its Honduran counterpart dated April 10, 2019 and entitled ‘Request for assistance in the matter of Juan Antonio Hernández Alvarado’, requested “copies of the investigation records, evidence and reports” related to multiple criminal cases in Honduras, including the arrest of López Sanabria.
The other two witnesses who are expected to testify on Thursday are DEA agents, one who interviewed ‘Tony’ Hernandez when he voluntarily traveled to Miami for an interview in 2015, and the other who took his statement after his arrest in November 2018.