US, Honduran agents hunt down fugitive wanted on drug charges

Tegucigalpa (AFP) - US and Honduran anti-narcotics agents chased and caught a suspected drug trafficker in the wilderness of Honduras' Mosquito Coast, officials said Tuesday.

Arnulfo Fagoth Maximo, nicknamed "El Tio", or the Uncle, was arrested near the Nicaraguan border by a team including US Drug Enforcement Administration officers, the Honduran police said in a statement. It did not say when exactly his capture occurred.

The 38-year-old Honduran was wanted under a warrant issued in September in response to a US extradition request for allegedly conspiring to have cocaine smuggled into the United States.

His capture followed the arrest on August 21 of Sergio Neptali Mejia, a 40-year-old also wanted on drug trafficking charges and facing an extradition order.

More than a dozen Hondurans have been extradited to the United States since 2010 as part of a cooperation deal to fight drug-trafficking.