U.S. prosecutors will seek life in prison next week for the brother of the sitting Honduran president and former Honduran congressman, Juan Antonio Tony Hernandez, who was convicted of drug trafficking and related weapons charges in October 2019.
In a filing in federal court in Manhattan, prosecutors said Tony Hernandez “played a leadership role in a violent, state sponsored drug trafficking conspiracy,” along with his brother President Juan Orlando Hernandez.
President Hernandez has denied the allegations and he has not been charged with a crime.
In addition to a life term for Tony Hernandez when he is sentenced on Tuesday in New York, prosecutors will seek a fine of $10 million and $138 million dollars in forfeiture, which prosecutors wrote was “blood money” from drug trafficking.
Hernandez’s lawyers have not yet filed a response to the government’s sentencing memorandum.