MIAMI (AP) -- A suspected drug trafficker has been extradited
from Honduras to Florida as part of an effort to disrupt smuggling
routes in Central America.
Prosecutors say Mario Ponce Rodriguez pleaded not guilty Friday
in Miami federal court after his extradition. Ponce Rodriguez is a
Guatemalan who has been custody in Honduras since his arrest there
Ponce Rodriguez is charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine
knowing it would end up in the U.S. The charges carry a sentence of
between 10 years and life behind bars if convicted.
Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer says investigators are focusing on interfering with routes used through Central American by Colombian drug lords to move cocaine into Mexico and the U.S.
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