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Prosecutors in the United States claim that Honduras’ president assisted in drug trafficking.



Prosecutors in the United States claim that Honduras' president assisted in drug trafficking.

Prosecutors in the United States claim that Honduras' president assisted in drug trafficking.


According to federal prosecutors in New York, an accountant observed meetings between Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and a drug trafficker in which they planned the trafficking of cocaine to the United States.

During his opening statement at the trial of accused Honduran drug trafficker Geovanny Fuentes Ramrez, Assistant US Attorney Jacob Gutwillig said the accountant was present when Hernández allegedly said he wanted to “shove the drugs right up the noses of the gringos.”

The president and Fuentes Ramrez conspired to give as much cocaine as possible to the United States, according to Gutwillig.

Fuentes Ramrez was arrested in Florida in March 2020. He is accused of drug trafficking and possessing guns.

However, much of the prosecutors’ firepower seems to be directed at Hernández, who they allege, along with other high-ranking officials, assisted Fuentes Ramrez in drug trafficking.

Hernández has previously denied any link to drug smugglers. He has not been charged with anything.

“His business prospered as a result of his contacts. Mayors, congressmen, generals in the military, police chiefs, and even Honduras’ current president,” Gutwillig said. “All of them were bribed by the defendant.”

According to Gutwillig, the meetings took place in 2013 and 2014. The accountant, José Sánchez, ran a rice company from which Fuentes Ramrez allegedly laundered drug profits, according to prosecutors. According to the lawyer, Sánchez will testify at the trial.

Sánchez’s “shock, fear” when he saw Fuentes Ramrez meeting with the president, according to Gutwillig. Sánchez wasn’t reliable, according to one of Fuentes Ramrez’s defense lawyers, who said the US would accept his asylum application in return for his testimony.

Prosecutors previously said that Fuentes Ramrez paid Hernández $25,000 in exchange for the freedom to transport drugs around the country without being stopped.

Eylan Schulman, a defense attorney, said, “Apparently $25,000 is all it takes to bribe the president.”

Federal prosecutors in the Fuentes Ramrez case filed motions in January alleging that Hernández took money from drug dealers and had the country’s armed forces secure a cocaine laboratory and shipments to the United States.

According to the papers, Hernández, who is identified as co-conspirator 4, intended to “shove the drugs right up the gringos’ noses” by flooding the United States with cocaine.

In the trial that led to the conviction of one of his brothers, Juan Antonio Hernández, in 2019, the president made an appearance. At that trial, the president was accused of taking more than $1 million from Mexican drug lord Joaqun “El Chapo” Guzmán, an allegation that has been echoed in the latest motions.

Prosecutors in the Fuentes Ramrez case filed another document last month that seemed to indicate for the first time that Hernández was being investigated by US authorities.

Hernández has long denied cooperating with drug dealers or benefiting from their activities. Prosecutors claim that money from drug cartels fuelled much of his political rise from Congress president to president, in return for immunity and the avoidance of security forces interfering.

In a Twitter thread on Monday, Hernández reiterated that he had declared war on drug trafficking, not helped it. He claims that the accusations against him are made by drug dealers seeking vengeance and a reduction in their sentences.

“The international alliance (against drug trafficking) will crumble with Honduras, then with different countries,” he wrote, if drug dealers are rewarded for lying.

The first witness in the trial was Drug Enforcement Administration agent Brian Fairbanks, who testified that Hernández’s phone number and gmail account were among the details contained in Fuentes Ramrez’s cell phone.

Fairbanks also recognized Hernández smiling in photos with Fuentes Ramrez’s son and brother.

However, Fairbanks, who arrested Fuentes Ramrez, said that he was unable to locate any calls or text messages between the accused and the president.

Prosecutors showed the names of people Fuentes Ramrez had on his computer, including senators, cops, and high-ranking military officers.

Democrats filed a bill last month demanding that President Joe Biden enforce sanctions on Hernández and decide if he is a “specially named drug trafficker.”

The bill calls for the cessation of security assistance to Honduras, prohibits the sale of products like tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets to Honduran security forces, and urges the US to reject multilateral development bank loans to those forces.

It also urges the Honduran government to approach the UN about setting up an anti-corruption mission. A similar mission backed by the Organization of American States was not revived under Hernández after it started to implicate some federal legislators.

Devis Leonel Rivera Maradiaga, the former chief of the Cachiros cartel, who has confessed to involvement in 78 murders, will be one of the prosecution’s primary witnesses. The lawyers for Fuentes Ramrez chastised the US government for accusing him based on Rivera Maradiaga’s confessions.

Schulman characterized Fuentes Ramrez as a good father of four children who ran a lumber company, saying, “His testimony would make you sick to your stomach.” Since Honduras is a dangerous country, he said Fuentes Ramrez had guns and bodyguards.

Rivera Maradiaga’s niece is married to one of Fuentes Ramrez’s sons.

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Man dies in crash after he flees from North St. Paul police and deputies search for him, sheriff says



Man dies in crash after he flees from North St. Paul police and deputies search for him, sheriff says

A driver died when he crashed his vehicle in Roseville early Tuesday, according to the Ramsey County sheriff.

It happened about 2:40 a.m. in the area of Minnesota Highway 36 and Dale Street.

North St. Paul officers initially tried to pull over the driver for a traffic violation, but the man kept going, said Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher. The driver headed west on Minnesota 36 and officers stopped pursuing when he left North St. Paul, according to Fletcher.

Ramsey County sheriff’s deputies were looking for the car and saw a vehicle exit at Dale Street that they believed might be the one they were seeking, so they followed but hadn’t activated emergency lights or sirens, Fletcher said.

“We never pursued the vehicle,” he said.

The driver started getting back onto Minnesota 36, accelerated on the ramp and struck a median. The car flipped and the driver was ejected. The adult driver was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Fletcher, who wasn’t aware of anyone else being in the vehicle.

His name hadn’t been released as of Tuesday morning.

Deputies didn’t know at the time that North St. Paul police had issued an alert to law enforcement about the man who was driving. The alert said he was wanted for a violation of a domestic abuse no-contact order, and had made threats to the person who the order protected and to police, according to Fletcher. The alert asked any law enforcement who found the man to hold him for North St. Paul police.

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the incident.

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Candy Montgomery Affairs



Candy Montgomery Affairs

Released on May 9, 2022, on Hulu TV, the new American series ‘Candy’ has sparked a few questions in the minds of its viewers. The most important question: Who did Candy have an affair with? Another really popular question amongst the netizens is if the show is based on a real story. We have the answers for you.

But wait, if you haven’t watched the show yet and are planning to watch it, I hope you don’t read any further because I will mention some real spoilers ahead. Please don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Who is Candy, and who does she have an affair with?

The series is based on a true story. In 1984, Candy Montgomery brutally murdered her friend and neighbor, Betty Gore, with an axe. The protagonist later found that she was cheating on her husband with Betty’s husband, Allan Gore. When Betty found out about their affair, she confronted Candy, and that’s when she turned violent. There were 46 wounds from the axe found in Betty’s body. It was a shock to hear that a common housewife and a mother of two kids could kill her friend so brutally.

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Another affair?

So, was Allan the only one Candy had an affair with? Maybe not! In the fifth episode of the TV show, we see Candy being questioned on the stands.

She was asked if her affair with Allan Gore was the first one she’d had. We see Candy refusing and saying, “I was with a man from Early November to mid-December” of the same year. She did not give them any names because she didn’t want to run his family. But the viewers have a name. It’s the husband of her friend and business partner, Sherry Cleckler.

In the same episode, Sherry leaves the court immediately after Candy is declared innocent. Pat, Candy’s husband, is also seen taunting her. He said Sherry isn’t in court because she wants to keep her husband away from Candy.

Where is Candy now? 

The alleged murderer of Betty Gore, Candy Montgomery, was found innocent by the jury after many hearings. Her lawyers said that she had to kill Betty in self-defence. According to them, Betty was enraged hearing about Candy’s affair with her husband and attacked her with the axe. To save herself, Candy had to attack back.

Proven innocent, she later stayed away from the public eye. It’s known that she and her husband filed for divorce. Nothing is known about their kids. Mr Gore supposedly remarried, and his kids are doing well.

Is the show on Hulu worth watching?

Both the audience and the critics applaud the show. Nick Antosca and Robin Weith create the show. Jessica Biel plays the character of Candy. We see Melanie Lynskey portraying Betty Gore. We see other talented cast members Pablo Schrieber as Allan Gore and Timothy Simons as Pat, Candy’s husband. Their acting is immaculate. Candy has proved to be one of the most engaging crime dramas recently released.

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Jury selection underway for Minnesota clinic shooting trial



A booking photo from February 2021 of Gregory Paul Ulrich. (Courtesy of the Wright County Sheriff's Office)

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — Jury selection was underway in the trial of a man accused of walking into a Minnesota medical clinic and opening fire, killing one staff member and wounding four others last year.

A booking photo from February 2021 of Gregory Paul Ulrich. (Courtesy of the Wright County Sheriff’s Office)

Gregory Ulrich is being tried on charges of murder, attempted murder and other counts in the Feb. 9, 2021, shooting at the Allina Health Clinic in Buffalo, a small city about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

Jury selection took place Monday and was expected to continue throughout the week.

Prosecutors say Ulrich was angry about his medical treatment at the clinic when he opened fire, killing Lindsay Overbay, a 37-year-old medical assistant, and wounding the others. Ulrich is also accused of setting off several pipe bombs at the clinic before eventually surrendering to law enforcement.

A Wright County District Court judge ruled last year that Ulrich was mentally competent to stand trial. Ulrich’s defense didn’t fight that ruling and his lawyer hasn’t detailed what defense might be offered at trial.

Court records allege Ulrich has mental health and substance abuse problems, and that he frequently reported unfounded thefts or minor quarrels involving his neighbors and others. Police have said Ulrich was no stranger to them and was known to have been angry over his medical treatment.

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