A few months after the meeting with Pepe Lobo, Devis met with Fabio Lobo in an office in Tegucigalpa. Fabio gave them a set of contracts to review, and they paid him the bribe due on each one. Later analysis showed they were contracts that had already been awarded to other companies, who had already carried them out.
Q. Did you have any meetings with the defendant where you discussed drug trafficking explicitly?
In 2012 Devis met with Fabio Lobo in Catacamas, Olancho. At the time Fabio told Devis that his father wasn't "helping him out" because los Cachiros were helping Fabio. By "helping" Devis said he meant participating in drug trafficking. Fabio told him that the airport in Aguacate, San Esteban could be used as a landing site for drug planes.
Aguacate has a landing strip because it was a CIA base originally, built in the 1980s to assist with the Contra war in Honduras and Nicaragua. It housed both the CIA and Honduran military torture cells where suspected communists were tortured and murdered. Five clandestine cemeteries were later discoved at the site. Between 1988 and 1999 it was reportedly the landing site for numerous drug planes, and the Honduran military stationed there would carefully offload the drugs.
Fabio Lobo told Devis that he would speak with the military base commander about having los Cachiros drug planes land at Aguacate. However, it turned out that the base commander said it wouldn't work because of the work done there during the Zelaya administration that prepared it to become a public airport with cargo and passenger terminals.
On another occassion Fabio took Devis to a clandestine airstrip somewhere between Catacamas and the Patuca river. They went by helicopter, along with a half brother (unnamed) of Fabio's to measure the landing strip and see if it was appropriate for their use in the drug trade. However, when Devis showed the strip to a Venezuelan pilot working for him, the pilot said it was not usable because it was in a valley between two tall mountains and he'd be afraid of hitting them on landing or takeoff.
Q. Now I would like to direct your attention to 2012. Did the
Cachiros control a landing strip in the Cortes Department?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Did the defendant ever help you with a cocaine shipment
that came to that landing strip?
Ramon Matta is the son of Ramon Matta, a drug dealer kidnapped by the DEA from Honduras, convicted of drug running in a US Fedral Court, and now in a Federal Prison. Matta was kidnapped by the DEA because at the time there was no extradition between Honduras and the US. Ramon Matta, the son, took over his father's property, which includes an hacienda with an airstrip in Olancho.