September 20, 2013
GUATEMALA. – on Tuesday The Guatemala security forces captured Waldemar Lorenzana Cordón, son of Waldemar Lorenzana Lima, alias “El Patriarca,“ alleged leader of a local cartel operating in the east of the country and is considered an ally of the Mexican Sinaloa cartel.
Guatemalan Interior Minister, Mauricio López Bonilla, told reporters that Lorenzana Cordón was arrested during a raid by agents of the National Civil Police (PNC) on a highway east of the country, in the Zacapa section.
Bonilla Lopez said, “He was arrested based on an extradition warrant issued by a criminal court judge at the request of a court of the United States for drug trafficking.”
Lorenzana Cordon has remained a fugitive since April 2011 when his father, Lorenzana Lima, was arrested. Upon detecting the presence of security when his extradition to the United States was approved in July, he fled.
The cartel of “Los Lorenzana” is the name the local media refers to the family of narco traffickers. Guatemalan officials, Los Lorenzana have been in drug trafficking for more than 30 years and during the last decade became partners Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, which is led by the fugitive Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Lorezana Lima, alias “El Patriarca,” was arrested in April 2011 in a village in eastern Guatemala and in August 2012 a criminal court authorized his extradition to Columbia (by the USA), which was ratified on July 12 for an Appeals Chamber.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency accuses Los Lorenzana of bringing “thousands of tons of cocaine” to the U.S. since the seventies.
According to the indictment, members of the family stored and distributed the drugs from Colombia and El Salvador, and transferred them to the United States through Mexico.
In November last year, the U.S. Treasury Department designated Marta Julia Lorenzana Cordøn, daughter of “El Patriarca” and sister of Waldemar Lorenzana Cordón. She is subject to sanctions for being part of “one of the major crime families Central America.”
Guatemalan Justice authorized last February the extradited to the United States of Elio Lorenzana Cordon, another son of “El Patriarch,” on charges of drug trafficking, conspiracy and money laundering.