Guatemalan pleads guilty to 6,000 kilogram cocaine smuggling plot

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Drug trafficker Eliezer De Leon-Lopez (38, Guatemala), a/k/a “Wiro Loco” and “Daniel Martinez,” pleaded guilty last week to conspiring to import cocaine into the United States. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, Leon-Lopez was part of an organization that received cocaine in Guatemala that had been smuggled on maritime vessels from South America. The organization then brought the cocaine to shore, transported it to the northern border of Guatemala, and smuggled it into Mexico for subsequent importation into the United States. In 2017, Leon-Lopez retired from active smuggling by relinquishing his routes and South American contacts but continued to financially benefit from the smuggling operations.

On November 11, 2018, the El Salvadoran navy interdicted a self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) in international waters. There were five men – four Colombian nationals and one Guatemalan national – onboard. The SPSS was transporting approximately 6,380 kilograms of cocaine. Intercepted communications obtained in the United States revealed that Leon-Lopez was in communication with a coconspirator about the status of the SPSS and the crew members, and then received photos of the seized cocaine and an article on social media about the interdiction.

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