Guatemala Extradites to the US Alleged Partner of Mexican Drug Lord Chapo Guzmán

By: Karina Martín - Nov 4, 2016, 8:06 am
Monroy used the ports of Iztapa and Monterrico on the Pacific, as well as other areas in the center and west of Guatemala to send to the US drugs coming from Ecuador and Colombia (el periódico)
Monroy used the ports of Iztapa and Monterrico on the Pacific, as well as other areas in the center and west of Guatemala to send to the US drugs coming from Ecuador and Colombia (el periódico)

EspañolThe most influential drug trafficker in Guatemala — Marlon Monroy of the Sinaloa cartel — was delivered to US authorities Wednesday, November 2.

Penitentiary System Spokesperson Rudy Esquivel said Monroy was handed over to US officials at the Guatemalan Air Force base on the southern outskirts of Guatemala City.

“El Fantasma” as Monrov is known, was extradited with his partner Cynthia Cardona, who was also charged for drug trafficking to the United States.

Monroy, also a retired military officer, was arrested on April 30 in a luxurious house in the resort town of La Antigua Guatemala, along with eight of his accomplices. Four months after his arrest, Francisco Rivas, Head of the Ministry of Interior, revealed that the defendant was hired to threaten the life of Thelma Aldana, Head of the Public Ministry.

El Fantasma was the main partner in Guatemala to Chapo Guzman, the Mexican drug dealer and leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. Monroy used the southern ports of Iztapa and Monterrico on the Pacific and other areas of central and western Guatemala to send drugs to the United States from Ecuador and Colombia.

Another controversy that affected Monroy is the alleged USD $500,000 given to the son of current Vice President Jafeth Cabrera for last year’s election campaign last year; however, this has not yet been confirmed.

On previous occasions, the drug dealer has confessed to being an expert on moving drugs in by sea to the United States.

Moreover, his partner Cynthia Cardona was arrested in December 2015 while transporting drugs in her car with another woman and her bodyguards. She had US $997,000 according to reports, that she could not prove were legal.

Sources: Noticias Terra; La tribuna.

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Venezuelan Military to Control Medicine Supply in Public Hospitals

By: Karina Martín - Nov 3, 2016, 5:10 pm
"We're going strong into the health sector, we were evaluating the whole process with the Ministry of Health" (el periodiquito)

EspañolThe distribution of medicine in Venezuela is not the responsibility of the military. Defense Minister of Venezuela Vladimir Padrino Lopez announced Wednesday, November 2 that the country's National Armed Forces is now responsible for the distribution of medicines and surgical supplies to all public hospitals. Officials said it will take control of this aspect of the health sector "to ensure that these medicines and supplies reach the patient efficiently and neatly and properly handle their distribution and allocation." Read more: Peru Barks Back at Venezuela Over Corruption and Interventionism Read more: Leaked DEA Tape Ties Venezuelan First Lady to Drug Money "Let's take control of the distribution of all drugs, all medical and surgical materials administered to all hospitals," said Lopez Cadena on Venezolana de Television. The defense minister is also the coordinator of the Great Mission Sovereign Supply (GMAS). He explained that Venezuela is being governed under a state of emergency declared by President Nicolás Maduro, and for this reason it is necessary that the FANB take control of the distribution of medicines. "Since yesterday we started with 60 different hospitals — this will be a first stage, but GMAS announced that it will go deeper to address the health sector ... We are in an economic emergency, the priority now is to meet the needs of the people," Lopez said. Padrino López also mentioned that the FANB will not always be in hospitals, but will visit periodically to "not feel harassed." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Just four months ago the Ministry of Health implemented a new system to regulate the production, distribution and marketing of all drugs produced or imported into the country by controlling five drug store chains in Venezuela, all private enterprise. The Venezuelan Medical Federation (FMV) has been open about its struggles, claiming it only has  four or five percent of materials for a given procedure, and that the government has left the healthcare system in a state of "abandonment." However, President Maduro has blamed the situation on the alleged "economic war" launched by the Venezuelan right with the support of foreign powers that want to overthrow the government. The opposition, meanwhile, has attributed poor economic management to "Chavismo." Sources: Te Interesa; Noticiero Venevisión.

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