quarta-feira, 6 de outubro de 2010
US federal agents have arrested more than 70 Puerto Rican police officers on drugs-related charges.
In all more than 120 people have been charged, including prison guards and soldiers.
The US justice department said the arrests followed "the biggest police corruption investigation in the history of the FBI".
About 750 FBI agents were flown into the US Caribbean territory to help round up the suspects.
The justice department said that in all, 89 law enforcement officials had been detained: 60 members of the Puerto Rico police department, 16 municipal police officers and 12 prison officers. Also arrested were three Puerto Rico national guard soldiers, two US army officers, and 30 civilians.Dealer protection
The charges were the result of 125 undercover drugs transactions conducted by the FBI in Puerto Rico.
Many of the detained police officers are accused of providing armed security for cocaine dealers in return for cash.
"The justice department's commitment to rooting out and eradicating alleged corruption in our law enforcement ranks has never been stronger," said US Attorney General Eric Holder.
At least five suspected militants have been killed in a drone strike in north-west Pakistan, local officials say.
The US has stepped up drone attacks in the last month, apparently to disrupt an al-Qaeda plot to launch commando-style raids on European cities.
Five German nationals were killed in a drone strike earlier this week in an attack linked to the European threat.
EU officials have renewed warnings that the threat from al-Qaeda is real and ongoing.
"Public officials would not terrify the population without anything to back it up," said EU anti-terrorism co-ordinator Gilles de Kerchove, in comments reported by the AFP news agency.
"[The threat] is in the context of a general threat that has not diminished in recent times".