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Ex-Guatemalan Presidential Candidate Gets 15-Year Jail Term In US

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A former Guatemalan presidential candidate was sentenced to fifteen years in jail by a New York decide on Tuesday for conspiring to smuggle cocaine into the United States.

Mario Amilcar Estrada Orellana pleaded responsible to soliciting funds from Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel in a bid to assist his election run final 12 months.

Estrada, a candidate for the National Change Union get together, had promised to assist the drug traffickers’ actions if elected, which was thought of unlikely, prosecutors stated.

The 59-year-old was arrested in Miami in April 2019.

Estrada and co-conspirator Juan Pablo Gonzalez Mayorga have been additionally charged with attempting to rent hitmen to assassinate political rivals and with conspiring to make use of and possess machineguns.

Gonzalez will likely be sentenced on April 15.

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