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Los Matta 

Fundado por Juan Ramón Matta Ballesteros, encarcelado de cadena perpetua en los EEUU. Su hijo es Juan Ramón Matta Waldurraga

"Matta Waldurraga is the son of Juan Ramón Matta Ballesteros, who was one of Honduras’ most influential drug traffickers during the 1980s. Matta Ballesteros was even a US ally during the so-called Iran-Contra scandal, the illegal operation that took place under the administration of former US President Ronald Reagan that used money from arms sales to Iran to organize a guerrilla insurgency in Honduras against the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua. In exchange for his collaboration, Matta Ballesteros secured alliances and pacts with the Honduran elites that made him the primary ally of the Medellín Cartel." -- Another Honduras Narco Negotiates Plea Deal With US  10/13/2017 Insight Crime

Honduras Elites and Organized Crime: Juan Ramón Matta Ballesteros  4/9/2016 Insight Crime: "In interviews for this report, current and former officials routinely referred to Matta Waldurraga as his father’s successor in the drug trade, as well as a person who manages government contracts and serves as a kind of informal bank for the underworld. But the recent seizures were not accompanied by a public order for his arrest, and Matta Waldurraga has never been charged with a crime in Honduras. In declarations to the press, Matta Waldurraga called the 2014 seizure operation a “payasada,” a joke, and said the property was inherited from his grandmother.103 The family also protested the government’s confiscation of its property, but there was little it could do. The properties, the Honduran government said, were purchased with illegal proceeds and were thus subject to confiscation under a new law the government had passed just two years earlier."

One reason Matta Ballesteros is still in jail is because of his involvement in the torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in 1985.  Matta was put in place by Cuban CIA agent Felix Rodriguez in the 1980's.

Una razon por lo cual Matta Ballesteros esta todavia en una carcel EEUU es por su participacion en la tortura y el asesino del agente de la DEA Enrique "Kiki" Camarena en 1985. Matta fue instalado en su posicion por el agente cubano de la CIA Felix Rodriguez, en la ochenta.

Articles/Artículosarriba

Honduras pedirá en extradición a Ramón Matta Waldurraga  12/31/2019 La Prensa: "Después de dar cumplimiento a una orden de captura en el aeropuerto internacional El Dorado, en Bogotá, autoridades de la Policía Nacional de Colombia mantienen detenido a Ramón Matta Waldurraga, quien será pedido en extradición por la justicia hondureña. Marlon Duarte, representante legal de Matta en Honduras, expresó a LA PRENSA que en ningún momento su defendido ha evadido la justicia hondureña, ya que él se presentó de forma voluntaria en 2017 a Nueva York procedente de Colombia, por lo cual después del proceso judicial regresó a ese país."

Requieren en Colombia a Ramón Matta Waldurraga  12/30/2019 La Prensa: "Después de recibir una condena de tiempo servido, cumpliendo 26 meses de reclusión, Matta recobró su libertad en EUA el pasado mes de octubre. “Le han dictado una sentencia de tiempo servido, es decir, Estados Unidos se siente satisfecho por los años que pasó en este proceso Ramón Matta, por eso prácticamente lo dejan libre”, dijo su abogado en Honduras, Marlon Duarte."

Dejan libre a Ramón Matta Waldurraga tras dos años detenido en EEUU  10/4/2019 La Prensa: "Al momento de declararse culpable, Matta Waldurraga declaró ante el juez: “Yo viví en colombia. Tengo doble nacionalidad con Honduras. Algunas personas de Honduras se pusieron en contacto conmigo en 2005. Estas personas recibirían drogas porque tenían la infraestructura para recibir botes de motor rápido y avionetas, para que yo los pusiera en contacto con personas que tenían drogas y para que tuvieran las infraestructuras para llevar las drogas de Colombia a Honduras”. En su declaración, Matta Waldurraga agregó: “Y lo hice varias veces, de hecho. Siempre fui el intermediario entre los dos puntos. Participé en conversaciones para que la droga fuera de Colombia a Honduras y finalmente, la gente hondureña continuaría la ruta de México a Estados Unidos”, especificó el hondureño."

Ramón Matta Ballesteros habla desde una cárcel de EEUU tras 31 años cumpliendo cadena perpetua por narcotráfico  12/11/2018 La Prensa: "Matta Ballesteros es un excapo vinculado con el Cartel de Medellín por medio de Griselda Blanco y Pablo Escobar y el Cartel de Guadalajara por medio de Miguel Ángel Felix Gallardo. El 5 de abril de 1988, cuando finalizaba sus ejercicios matutinos, en allanamiento a su propia casa en la ciudad de Tegucigalpa fue detenido por Alguaciles de los Estados Unidos, y enviado a ese país para ser juzgado y condenado por el secuestro y asesinato del agente de la DEA Enrique Camarena Salazar, así como por otros cargos."

Another Honduras Narco Negotiates Plea Deal With US  10/13/2017 Insight Crime: "After the operation, the police said that Matta Waldurraga had operated a drug trafficking operation from the San Esteban estate in the department of Olancho. Authorities allege this is where he received drugs from Colombian suppliers that he then sent to the United States. According to El Heraldo, Matta Waldurraga also had state contracts in the private security and hydroelectric generation sectors." [Hence his links with people from Group Laeisz.]

Fiscalía de Honduras tras la organización criminal de Matta Waldurraga  6/23/2017 El Heraldo: "En fecha 31 de octubre de 2007, José Miguel Handal Larach vendió un inmueble ubicado en Punta Gorda, Omoa, Cortés, a Joaquín Martínez Meza por la cantidad de 50 mil lempiras. Posteriormente, Martínez Meza le donó la propiedad a Raquel Tatiana Núñez Pagoaga, quien el 25 de abril de 2013 se lo vendió por la cantidad de cuatro millones 150 mil 422 lempiras a Julia Esther Estrada Guzmán, quien actuó como representante legal de la sociedad denominada Scarius Marine. Este tipo de transacciones continuaron. Entre otros casos está que en octubre y noviembre de 2007 Handal Larach, por 300 mil y 100 mil lempiras, también vendió dos inmuebles a los señores Mario Enrique Zelaya Cabrera y Juan Carlos Escalón Carbajal, quienes en el 2013 le donaron los terrenos a Raquel Tatiana Núñez Pagoaga, quien el 25 abril de 2013 vendió tales inmueble a la sociedad Scarius Marine."

ENEE le aprobó un contrato a empresa de Matta Waldurraga  6/18/2017 El Heraldo: "El 31 de julio de 2013, la Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE) le otorgó un contrato de suministro de energía eléctrica con fuentes renovables a la empresa Generadora de Energía Hidroeléctrica Las Piedras, representada por Juan Ramón Matta Waldurraga. Mediante el decreto legislativo 336-2013 publicado el 16 de mayo de 2014 en La Gaceta número 33,428, se aprobó el contrato de suministro de Energía Eléctrica con fuente renovables suscrito por la ENEE el 31 de julio de 2013 con la Empresa Generadora de Energía Hidroeléctrica Las Piedras."

Honduras Elites and Organized Crime: Juan Ramón Matta Ballesteros  4/9/2016 Insight Crime: "In interviews for this report, current and former officials routinely referred to Matta Waldurraga as his father’s successor in the drug trade, as well as a person who manages government contracts and serves as a kind of informal bank for the underworld. But the recent seizures were not accompanied by a public order for his arrest, and Matta Waldurraga has never been charged with a crime in Honduras. In declarations to the press, Matta Waldurraga called the 2014 seizure operation a “payasada,” a joke, and said the property was inherited from his grandmother.103 The family also protested the government’s confiscation of its property, but there was little it could do. The properties, the Honduran government said, were purchased with illegal proceeds and were thus subject to confiscation under a new law the government had passed just two years earlier.104"

An Arrest in Florida Could Mean Trouble in Honduras  8/4/2014 Insight Crime: "There have been persistent rumors about the Matta Ballesteros family’s continued involvement in drug trafficking, although this is the first known action the Honduran government has taken against the family or its properties. There are still no known charges against any member of any of these prominent underworld families in Honduras. But given the recent actions against the Valle family, there is every reason to believe members of the Matta Ballesteros and the Rivera Maradiaga families could face indictments in the US very soon."

Property Seizures of CIA Linked Narco Latest Blow Against Honduras Impunity  8/4/2014 Insight Crime: "Matta Ballesteros was Honduras’ first known major international drug trafficker. He served as an intermediary between Colombia’s Medellin Cartel and Mexico’s Guadalajara Cartel. According to La Tribuna, he amassed a fortune of more than $2 billion and at one point offered to pay off Honduras’ external debt. Matta Ballesteros allegedly had ties to high-level officials in Honduras and it is rumored he even financed a military coup in 1978. He also had dealings with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which used his airline company to transport weapons, food and other supplies to the Nicaraguan rebels known as the Contras, who were fighting a proxywar against the Sandinista government."

Docs Reveal CIA-Guadalajara Link, Not Conspiracy  11/13/2013 Insight Crime: "At first glance, they seemed like wild assertions: in October, the Mexican magazine Proceso and Fox News, based on interviews with two former agents and a former contractor, said the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had executed Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985, after Camarena discovered the agency’s plan to finance the CIA’s proxy army in Central America, the Contras, using illicit drug funds. The details were sketchy — reports of a CIA asset recording the torture session came via Mexican informants, for instance — but the sources were strong. Ex-DEA agent Phil Jordan once headed the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC); Hector Berrellez was a DEA supervisor on the case; and Tosh Plumlee was a former CIA contract pilot who worked with SETCO, a Honduran-based airline owned by Honduran drug trafficker Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros."

What Will Congress Do About New CIA-Drug Revelations?  6/19/2000 Independent: "Perhaps the most egregious example is that of the Honduran trafficker Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros. Matta had been identified by the DEA in 1985 as the most important member of a consortium moving a major share (perhaps a third, perhaps more than half) of all the cocaine from Colombia to the United States. The DEA also knew that Matta was behind the kidnapping of a DEA agent in Mexico, Enrique Camarena, who was subsequently tortured and murdered. A public enemy? Yes. But Matta was also an ally of the CIA. Matta’s airline, SETCO, was recorded in U.S. files as a drug-smuggling airline. It was also the chief airline with which the CIA contracted to fly supplies to the Contra camps in Honduras. When the local DEA office began to move against Matta in 1983, it was shut down. Though Matta’s whereabouts were well- known, the United States did not arrest and extradite him until 1988, a few days after Congress ended support for the Contras."

WRITTEN STATEMENT OF CELERINO CASTILLO III, (D.E.A., RETIRED) FOR THE HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE  4/27/1998 Powderburns: From Oliver North Diary, with Note by Cele Castillo - "May 14, 1986, I spoke to Jack O'Conner DEA HQS Re: Matta-Ballesteros. (NOTE: Juan Ramon Matta-Ballesteros was perhaps the single largest drug trafficker in the region. Operating from Honduras he owned several companies which were openly sponsored and subsidized by C.I.A.)"

Former Honduran president to be charged in U.S. extradition case  2/11/1997 AP: "The federal prosecutors office said Tuesday it will file charges against a former president for illegally helping U.S. agents capture a drug trafficker. Former President Jose Azcona Hoyo and several top officials face charges in connection with the 1988 seizure of Juan Ramon Matta Ballestero, prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday. Azcona, however, is immune from prosecution because he represents Honduras on a regional government body. Congress would have to lift his immunity in order for charges to proceed. Matta, a high-level drug trafficker, was wanted in connection with the 1985 kidnapping, torture and murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency officer Enrique Camarena in Mexico."

UNITED STATES v. MATTA BALLESTEROS  12/1/1995 FindLaw: "Appellant Juan Ramon Matta-Ballesteros appeals his convictions following jury trial on the following charges: ?(1) committing a crime of violence in aid of racketeering in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1959; ?(2) conspiring to kidnap a federal agent engaged in his official duties in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1201(c); ?and (3) kidnapping a federal agent engaged in his official duties in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(5). Matta-Ballesteros contends that the district court lacked jurisdiction over him and committed various reversible errors during his trial. We reject his arguments and affirm his convictions."

Section of Pamphlet released as part of Nancy Spannaus' campaign for U. S. Senate, Virginia  8/1/1994 American Almanac: "The people Ollie North worked with in the Contra operation could make up an international police lineup of drug traffickers and terrorists. Here are some of his most notable associates: {{Juan Ramo@aan Matta Ballesteros:}} This Honduran cocaine kingpin was convicted in July 1990 of conspiracy to kidnap, torture, and murder DEA agent Enrique Camarena. {The Los Angeles Times} (July 7, 1990) said that Ballesteros ``is reputed to be one of the world's biggest drug kingpins.'' At the time of the Camarena affair, Matta Ballesteros was the owner of a Honduran charter airline, SETCO Air, that was paid over half-a-million dollars by the U.S. State Department to airlift ``humanitarian aid'' to the Contras in a program run by Ollie North from the White House. Other funds, drawn directly from secret North-Secord bank accounts in Switzerland, were also funneled into SETCO Air. The Kerry Report states: ``SETCO was the recipient in 1986 of $185,924, in State Department NHAO office funds for the transportation of humanitarian assistance to the FDN [Contras] based in Honduras. A 1983 U.S. Customs Service report stated that `SETCO aviation is a corporation formed by American businessmen who are dealing with Matta and are smuggling narcotics into the United States.' The Matta referred to in the report is Juan Matta Ballesteros, a major cocaine trafficker in the region, and wanted by U.S. law enforcement agencies for the brutal murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarena in Mexico.'' An Aug. 9, 1985 entry by Oliver North into his notebook removes any shadow of a doubt that North was fully aware of the Contra-cocaine connection: ``Honduran DC-6 which is being used for runs out of New Orleans is probably being used for drug runs into U.S.'' The Honduran plane referenced by North was owned by Matta Ballesteros."

 
Links/Enlaces

onodo.org/visualizations/14704 visualization of the organization of drug trafficker Matta Waldurraga

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Matta-Ballesteros

From Oliver North Diaries with Note by Cele Castillo, DEA

"May 14, 1986, I spoke to Jack O'Conner DEA HQS Re: Matta-Ballesteros. (NOTE: Juan Ramon
Matta-Ballesteros was perhaps the single largest drug trafficker in the region. Operating from Honduras he
owned several companies which were openly sponsored and subsidized by C.I.A.)"

The CIA & Drugs - Narco-colonialism in the 20th Century

 

The torture and murder of DEA Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, 1985
La tortura y el asesino del agente de la DEA Enrique "Kiki" Camarena en 1985.

Berrellez on Felix and Matta
Interview with Berrellez, DEA lead on second Kiki investigation, implicating CIA agent
Felix Rodriguez and Matta in Kiki kidnapping. See La CIA, Camarena y Caro Quintero:
La historia secreta, 2014
 
US probing claims that CIA operative, DEA official betrayal led to murder of agent: report  2/28/2020 Fox News: "The U.S. Justice Department is investigating explosive new allegations that a Central Intelligence Agency operative and Drug Enforcement Administration official played a role in the 1985 abduction, torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a report claims. The renewed focus into the grisly killing of Camarena – who is featured in the Netflix series “Narcos: Mexico” – is based on recent statements witnesses provided to U.S. agents and prosecutors, according to USA Today. The Justice Department reportedly started re-examining the case in 2019, two years after a federal court tossed convictions against two suspects."

Ramón Matta Ballesteros habla desde una cárcel de EEUU tras 31 años cumpliendo cadena perpetua por narcotráfico  12/11/2018 La Prensa: "Matta Ballesteros es un excapo vinculado con el Cartel de Medellín por medio de Griselda Blanco y Pablo Escobar y el Cartel de Guadalajara por medio de Miguel Ángel Felix Gallardo. El 5 de abril de 1988, cuando finalizaba sus ejercicios matutinos, en allanamiento a su propia casa en la ciudad de Tegucigalpa fue detenido por Alguaciles de los Estados Unidos, y enviado a ese país para ser juzgado y condenado por el secuestro y asesinato del agente de la DEA Enrique Camarena Salazar, así como por otros cargos."

Ex-DEA chief who was best friend of agent 'Kiki' Camarena who appears in new Narcos TV show reveals how he avenged his pal's cartel murder... and how a bead of sweat could get you killed while undercover  11/13/2018 Daily Mail: "Mike continued: ‘They were doing inhuman things to him. Sticking things up him and other appalling torture. After more than 30 hours Rafael Caro Quintero came to the ranch house. Mike said: ‘According to one of the witnesses, he was high on cocaine. He walked up to Kiki and hit him on the head with a piece of pipe. That was the death blow. ‘Fonseca, older and wiser than Quintero, then showed up and saw Kiki was dying. He slapped Quintero on the face and told him, “this is your baby, you live with it”. ‘That’s because he knew killing a US federal agent was going to bring the full force of our government against them. He was smart enough to know that. Quintero was much more brazen and thought get away with anything.’ Ballesteros was conclusively tied to the horror when strands of his hair were found in a drained swimming pool at the kidnap ranch."

HOW A DOGGED L.A. DEA AGENT UNRAVELED THE CIA'S ALLEGED ROLE IN THE MURDER OF KIKI CAMARENA  7/1/2015 LA Weekly 

Blood on the Corn  11/17/2014 Medium 

Docs Reveal CIA-Guadalajara Link, Not Conspiracy  11/13/2013 Insight Crime: "At first glance, they seemed like wild assertions: in October, the Mexican magazine Proceso and Fox News, based on interviews with two former agents and a former contractor, said the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had executed Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985, after Camarena discovered the agency’s plan to finance the CIA’s proxy army in Central America, the Contras, using illicit drug funds. The details were sketchy — reports of a CIA asset recording the torture session came via Mexican informants, for instance — but the sources were strong. Ex-DEA agent Phil Jordan once headed the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC); Hector Berrellez was a DEA supervisor on the case; and Tosh Plumlee was a former CIA contract pilot who worked with SETCO, a Honduran-based airline owned by Honduran drug trafficker Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros."

El agente de la DEA asesinado, Kiki Camarena, cayó en una operación de la CIA que salió mal, según fuentes de seguridad  10/27/2013 Narco News: "Berrellez también hizo otra revelación que considera parte clave del rompecabezas en el asesinato de Camarena. Como parte de la investigación de la muerte del agente de la DEA, Berrellez dice que su equipo rastreó a todos los que aparecían en su lista de llamados. Uno de esos números, dice Berrellez, pertenecía al periodista mexicano Buendía, lo que significa que Camarena estuvo en contacto con el periodista antes del asesinato de Buendía en 1984. “Buendía podía identificar a los tipos de la CIA [en la operación encubierta de armas por drogas de la Contra] por nombre. ¿Qué información le proporcionó a Kiki [Camarena]? se pregunta Berrellez. “Creo que Kiki habló con Buendía antes de su asesinato, y creo que Kiki entrevistó a Plumlee luego de eso y habló sobre lo que supo de Buendía, y luego Plumlee lo informó [a sus superiores de la CIA] lo que finalmente llevó a que Kiki fuera levantado [para interrogarlo], y luego se excedieron, y ahora está muerto.” Berrellez sólo puede especular en ese frente, pero es una opinión que tanto Plumlee como Jordan comparten. De hecho, el ex miembro del personal del senador Hart, Holen, comparte una preocupación similar. Holden afirma que la naturaleza de la información que Plumlee reportó a sus superiores de la CIA luego de reunirse con Camarena, “plantea algunas preguntas de a quién culpar por el secuestro, tortura y muerte [de Camarena].”"

Assassinated DEA Agent Kiki Camarena Fell in a CIA Operation Gone Awry, Say Law Enforcement Sources  10/27/2013 Narco News: "Present at the house in Guadalajara where Camarena was held after his kidnapping, Berrellez says, were narco-traffickers like Caro Quintero, his partner Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo and members of their organization. Also at the house, he adds, were DFS agents as well as several CIA operatives, among others — along with plenty of tape-recording equipment. Berrellez says he has sources who were at the house when Camarena was being tortured and later became government witnesses and have confirmed these facts. The goal of abducting Camarena, Berrellez believes, was not to kill him, but rather to conduct a police-style interrogation to find out where he was getting his information about CIA’s covert operations in Mexico. Berrellez — as well as Jordan and Plumlee — say they believe it is likely Camarena was abducted on orders from powerful individuals who were calling the shots in the CIA-supported Contra supply operation (individuals who ultimately reported to the White House)."

The CIA agent, Felix Rodriguez, police executed DEA in Mexico. Oct 18  10/18/2013 NYC Havana Blog: [Looks like a Google translation] - "The story describes the three exagentes begins with the claim thatEl Gato Rodriguez, besides being infiltrated the DFS took a Honduran Mexico named Juan Matta Ballesteros, a figure known by Colombian drug traffickers. In Mexico, according to interviewees, Matta’s mission was to get drugs in Colombia for the Guadalajara Cartel, led by Caro Quintero in the eighties. Mexican drug trafficker gave the U.S. government facilities for selling cocaine, marijuana and other drugs where I wanted. Washington is suited because of the profits involved."

Cuban Felix ‘El Gato’ Rodriguez murdered Kiki Camarena, say U.S. agents  10/16/2013 Progreso Weekly: "Three former U.S. federal agents decided to end a 28-year silence and simultaneously entrusted this journal and the U.S. Fox news services with an information “bomb”: Enrique Kiki Camarena was not murdered by Rafael Caro Quintero — the capo that served a sentence for that crime — but by an agent of the CIA. The reason: the DEA agent discovered that his own government was collaborating with the Mexican narco in his illegal business."

“The CIA helped kill DEA agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena,” say witnesses  10/15/2013 El Pais: "But new revelations suggest that Caro Quintero may have not been the only one responsible for the gruesome murder. Another figure has surfaced in the case, Félix Ismael “El Gato” Rodríguez, a Cuban exile who participated in the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. El Gato has also been linked to the 1967 ambush of Ernesto “Che” Guevara in Bolivia. These CIA-connection claims are now being brought to light by Phil Jordan, the former director of DEA’s powerful El Paso Intelligence Center in Texas; former DEA agent Héctor Berrellez; and Tosh Plumlee, who maintained he was hired to fly covert missions on behalf of US intelligence. The three men spoke to Fox News in exclusive interviews broadcast last Thursday… In its own investigation this week, the Mexican news magazine Proceso delved even further by reporting that El Gato introduced a Honduran, Juan Matta, to the Guadalajara cartel. Matta served as a middle-man between Colombian traffickers and Caro Quintero, who was the “head of all the heads” in the Mexican cartel."

“Camarena fue asesinado por la CIA”  10/14/2013 El Pais: "Hasta ahora se pensaba que Camarena había sido asesinado por orden de los fundadores del cartel de Guadalajara, entre ellos El Príncipe Caro Quintero. El funcionario estadounidense había desmantelado con sus investigaciones una gigantesca plantación de marihuana de un rancho llamado El Búfalo y en represalia los capos habían ordenado su secuestro y asesinato. Se han escrito ríos de tinta sobre estos hechos, narrados exactamente de esta manera. Estas nuevas revelaciones apuntan, en cambio, a que trabajadores vinculados con el Gobierno de EE UU encargaron el asesinato de Camarena a un personaje novelesco, Félix Ismael Rodríguez, alias El Gato, un cubano que participó en la frustrada invasión de Bahía de Cochinos y en la muerte de Ernesto Che Guevara en Bolivia en 1967. El giro a la historia corre a cargo de Phil Jordan, exdirector del Centro de Inteligencia de El Paso (EPIC); Héctor Berrellez, exagente de la DEA; y Tosh Plumlee, expiloto que en ocasiones realizó trabajó para las agencias federales. Los tres detallaron a la cadena Fox News que policías mexicanos y particulares estadounidenses relacionados con la CIA participaron en las torturas a Camarena en 1985 y que incluso las grabaron en video. Un portavoz de la CIA lo negó rotundamente: “Es ridículo”."

Camarena Figure Gets 3 Life Terms : Drugs: Honduran Juan Matta Ballesteros has received two other lengthy sentences for his role in the DEA agent’s murder.  5/9/1991 LA Times: "Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros, 46, a Honduran national, will serve the concurrent triple life terms in addition to 150-year and 75-year consecutive sentences handed down by Los Angeles federal court judges during the last 17 months. “The sentences are a joke--a political joke,” Matta’s attorney, Martin A. Stolar said. Stolar said Matta’s conviction in the Camarena case will be appealed. Appeals in the two earlier convictions are also pending. During the trial, prosecutors charged that Matta attended meetings to plan the abduction of Camarena in retaliation for U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency campaigns to deter cocaine trafficking in Mexico. Prosecutors described the affluent Honduran businessman as one of the most influential drug smugglers ever jailed in the United States."

Honduran Guilty of Kidnapping, Not Murder, of U.S. Drug Agent  7/27/1990 NYT: "Mr. Matta was convicted in the ninth day of jury deliberations on charges of racketeering in the kidnapping and slaying of Mr. Camarena, of conspiring to kidnap Mr. Camarena and of kidnapping the agent and holding him for interrogation. But jurors found Mr. Matta not guilty of a count that charged Mr. Matta with murdering Mr. Camarena, a 31-year-old agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration."

KEY SUSPECT ARRESTED IN U.S. AGENT`S DEATH  4/6/1988 Chicago Tribune: "Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros was being flown to the U.S. early Wednesday, where he is to face four drug-related indictments, according to sources here. They said Matta also will be questioned about the 1985 murder in Mexico of Enrique Camarena, an agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration."
 
   

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