Officials from Honduras helped recycle the drug money

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CITY OF MEXICO – Honduras prosecutors claim that public officials conspired with drug traffickers to launder money through construction contracts for a government highway.

The country's chief prosecutor and the anti-corruption mission of the US states in Honduras, known as MACCIH, said they would bring charges against 12 people, of whom only five have named.

Officials say the alleged conspiracy occurred during the election campaign and the chairman of former president Porfirio Lobo.

Devís Leonel Rivera Maradiaga, leader of the Cachiros drug trafficking organization, testified in the United States federal court that he contributed to Lobo's presidential campaign.

Lobo was not among those accused, but the investigation into his role remains open. His son, Fabio Porfirio Lobo, who is serving a conviction for drug trafficking in the United States, was appointed along with former public officials.

The Associated Press

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