The Hill reported on 18th April that the US has arrested and charged a Guatemalan presidential candidate in connection with a plot to allegedly traffic cocaine and have rival candidates assassinated.  It is alleged that Mario Estrada, along with accomplice Juan Pablo Gonzales, allegedly sought between $10 and $12 million from Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel in campaign funds in return for allowing the cartel to move cocaine though Guatemalan airports.  Estrada is a member of the centre-right National Charge Union party and polls far behind other candidates in the nation’s general election, which is set to be held June 16th.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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