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Guatemala extradites alleged drug trafficker tied to Zetas organization to US

  • Guatemalan drug trafficking suspect Jairo Orellana Morales is escorted by police to an aircraft prior to his extradition to the U.S. at an Air Force base in Guatemala City, Friday, July 24, 2015. Orellana, an alleged member of the Zetas drug organization in Guatemala, faces federal drug trafficking charges in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

    Guatemalan drug trafficking suspect Jairo Orellana Morales is escorted by police to an aircraft prior to his extradition to the U.S. at an Air Force base in Guatemala City, Friday, July 24, 2015. Orellana, an alleged member of the Zetas drug organization in Guatemala, faces federal drug trafficking charges in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)  (The Associated Press)

  • Guatemalan drug trafficking suspect, Jairo Orellana Morales, is escorted by police to an aircraft prior to his extradition to the U.S. at an Air Force base in Guatemala City, Friday, July 24, 2015. Orellana, an alleged member of the Zetas drug organization in Guatemala, faces federal drug trafficking charges in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

    Guatemalan drug trafficking suspect, Jairo Orellana Morales, is escorted by police to an aircraft prior to his extradition to the U.S. at an Air Force base in Guatemala City, Friday, July 24, 2015. Orellana, an alleged member of the Zetas drug organization in Guatemala, faces federal drug trafficking charges in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)  (The Associated Press)

  • A police helicopter carrying on board Guatemalan drug trafficking suspect Jairo Orellana Morales lands at an Air Force base as in Guatemala City, Friday, July 24, 2015. Orellana, an alleged member of the Zetas drug organization in Guatemala, is being extradited to the United States where faces federal drug trafficking charges. Court records indicate he was scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. federal court in Washington later Friday. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

    A police helicopter carrying on board Guatemalan drug trafficking suspect Jairo Orellana Morales lands at an Air Force base as in Guatemala City, Friday, July 24, 2015. Orellana, an alleged member of the Zetas drug organization in Guatemala, is being extradited to the United States where faces federal drug trafficking charges. Court records indicate he was scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. federal court in Washington later Friday. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)  (The Associated Press)

An alleged member of the Zetas drug organization in Guatemala has been extradited to the United States.

Jairo Orellana Morales was handed over to agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration under heavy security Friday in Guatemala City. Court records indicate he was scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. federal court in Washington later Friday.

Guatemalan deputy interior minister Elmer Sosa confirmed the extradition.

Orellana was arrested in May 2014 after a shootout with federal forces in eastern Guatemala. The U.S. government had imposed financial sanctions on Orellana in 2013 under the Kingpin Act. The U.S. government described him as a violent drug trafficker who helped the Mexican Zetas cartel move cocaine through Guatemala.

Orellana faces federal drug trafficking charges in Washington.