The son of former President Porfirio Lobo was arrested in Haiti in an apparent anti-drug operation carried out by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Haitian authorities, the ex-president and the Honduran government confirmed Thursday.

Fabio Lobo Lobo, 43, was arrested Wednesday night in Haiti and taken to New York to appear before a judge, according to a statement from the Honduran government. Lobo was arrested by Haitian authorities with the support of the DEA.

Porfirio Lobo said Thursday in an interview with the government's Channel 8 television that he was facing a situation that he would never wish on any parent.

"I cannot say that he is guilty; I cannot say that he is not," Lobo said.

"Fabio is not a child," Lobo added. "He is a man with a family and must answer for his actions."

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Lobo said he hopes his son can prove his innocence. As a father, he added, he is very hurt.

DEA officials did not return calls seeking comment.

Porfirio Lobo served as Honduras' president from 2010 to 2014. He was elected following a coup that removed Manuel Zelaya the presidency in 2009.

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