Ex-Guatemalan mayor extradited to Texas accused of trafficking cocaine "by the tons" into U.S.

Erick Salvador Suniga Rodriguez also known as "El Pocho" (U.S. Treasury Dept.)

PLANO, Tex. (KXII) - A major international drug trafficking suspect and small town mayor was arrested in Guatemala and will face federal trial in the Eastern District of Texas.

U.S. Attorney Joe Brown, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Central American authorities made the announcement Tuesday.

Brown said 44-year-old Erick Salvador Suniga Rodriguez also known as "El Pocho," was extradited from Guatemala to Texas and stands accused of bringing cocaine by the tons into the United States.

"His organization was of such a size that he has been designated and his organization has been designated as a specially designated drug trafficking organization by the Department of Treasury under the King Pin Act, which cuts off all resources and prevents American citizens and companies from doing business with those kinds of highly designated drug trafficking organizations," Brown said at a Tuesday press conference. "So, he was one of the biggest of the big."

Brown said Rodriguez, who served as mayor of a town on the Guatemala-Mexico border, was one of the biggest drug dealers in Guatemala.