TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Nine people were charged with drug trafficking and possession in connection with a $350-million cocaine shipment seized last month en route to Miami, a judge said.
Judge Miguel Angel Izaguirre of the Atlantic coastal resort of Tela said Thursday night that four of the men were in custody. He said the nine include six Hondurans, a Spaniard, a Nicaraguan and a Peruvian.
Izaguirre said the men were accused of trying to ship about four tons of cocaine from Medellin, Colombia, to Miami. The shipment was seized by U.S. authorities Nov. 20, the judge said.
The case is being prosecuted in Tela, about 175 miles north of Tegucigalpa, because the alleged drug traffickers had their operations there, authorities said.