Honduras arrests businessman accused in US of drug trafficking

Honduran authorities have captured a prominent Honduran businessman wanted in the United States on drug-trafficking charges.

President Juan Orlando Hernandez confirmed the arrest of Jose Miguel Handal, late Thursday through his Twitter account.

Handal is accused in the United States of running an organization responsible for distributing tons of cocaine from Colombia to the Mexican Sinaloa cartel and the Zetas.

The U.S. Office for the Control of Foreign Assets said in 2013 that Handal invests in and coordinates drug-laden flights from Venezuela to Honduras.

His father Jose Miguel Handal and his wife Ena Elizabeth Hernandez are also named by the U.S. as being involved.

Handal was arrested without incident near a hospital in the city San Pedro Sula where he was trying to visit his father.