Wednesday, October 6, 2010

FBI Sting Nets 133 Crooked Cops In San Juan, Puerto Rico

Investigation uncovered protection and security in Prisons, Military

San Juan – Federal agents brought to a close a massive months-long investigation into drug corruption among law enforcement ranks Tuesday.

The Justice Department flew more than 1,000 FBI agents to this island territory to round up 133 crooked police, soldiers and corrections officers in an undercover drug selling sting operation.

Undercover officers bought drugs, witnessed police and soldiers providing security for large drug transactions and guarding boats and airplanes laden with cash and drugs. They witnessed prison and jail guards smuggling drugs into lockups where they sold the dope to prisoners.

When the pre-dawn raids began, no one was more surprised than the crooked officials they took away in cuffs, including 77 local and state officers, and one policeman who was charged with first degree murder for chasing a man down with his pickup truck and shooting him in the back.

The investigations and sting operations took place after crime and drug smuggling had spiraled out of control. Agents conducted 125 drug transactions during the period 2008 to 2010.

Said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in announcing the mass arrests, “The people of Puerto Rico deserve better.”

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