Wife of Honduran businessman accused of drug trafficking arrested on money laundering charges

Authorities in Honduras say they have arrested the wife of a prominent Honduran businessman who is accused of drug trafficking and charged her with money laundering.

Ricardo Castro of the attorney general's office says Ena Elizabeth Hernandez was detained Saturday while trying to visit her husband, Jose "Chepe" Handal, who is in prison charged with moving tons of cocaine into the United States.

The U.S. Office for the Control of Foreign Assets in 2013 froze Handal's assets and blocked U.S. companies from doing business with him based on the accusations, including that he invests in and coordinates drug-laden flights from Venezuela to Honduras. His father, Jose Miguel Handal, and his wife were also named on the Treasury Department list.

A Honduran judge ordered her arrest earlier this week.