Hector Emilio Fernandez Rosa, a Honduran drug trafficker, was sentenced Friday in a New York federal court to a life term in prison.
Fernandez Rosa pleaded guilty to charges relating to his trafficking of 135 tons of cocaine and 20 tons of methamphetamine precursor chemicals over a period of 17 years, prosecutors said. He also paid millions of dollars in bribes to top Honduran officials, including a former president; ordered or carried out the assassinations of 19 individuals, including a congressman; and collaborated with the Sinaloa Cartel, headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, in manufacturing methamphetamine, according to prosecutors.
“One of the most prolific and violent drug traffickers has been brought to justice,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman, when announcing the sentence.
Fernandez Rosa was captured in Honduras in October 2014 and was extradited to the U.S. in September 2015 for alleged drug trafficking.
He was a member of Los 14E, a criminal organization made up of self-proclaimed entrepreneurs who controlled local law enforcement, allowing them to traffic narcotics with impunity, according to El Heraldo. As did many members of the organization, Fernandez Rosa maintained links with the country’s political and economic establishment, including his brother Carlos Rene Fernandez Rosa, a former congressman.