Fabio Lobo, a son of former Honduran President, Porfirio Lobo, has been sentenced to 24 years in an American prison for conspiring to smuggle cocaine and sell it in the United States.
U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield also fined him $50,000 and ordered him to forfeit $267,000.
She said Lobo had used his connections and abused his position as the son of a former head of state to seek to profit through drug trafficking.
“The hefty punishment for Fabio Lobo was meant as a warning to corrupt members of Latin America’s political elite,” Schofield said.
According to Seattle Times, Fabio Lobo pleaded guilty in May 2016, admitting he worked with drug traffickers and Honduran police to ship cocaine into the United States.
Fabio Lobo was arrested in Haiti in 2015 in a joint operation by US anti-narcotics agents and Haitian police.
His father, who served as president of Honduras between 2010 and 2014, did not defend his eldest son after his arrest, instead saying that Fabio Lobo had to answer the accusations against him.