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  HOME | Central America

Guatemalan AG Says Former Top Cop Was Crime Boss

GUATEMALA CITY – The disgraced former head of Guatemala’s PNC national police led a criminal gang that was in the business of ripping off drug traffickers, Attorney General Amilcar Velasquez said.

He told a press conference that investigations into former PNC chief Porfirio Perez, jailed since August, led to arrest warrants for 10 other ex-cops and a civilian implicated in the Aug. 6 disappearance of 119 kilos of cocaine confiscated from smugglers.

Prosecutors have established that Perez, who was named to run the PNC in June, led the criminal organization involved in the drug robberies, Velasquez said

Perez was arrested Aug. 28 for his alleged role in the theft of $350,000 in drug-sale proceeds seized during a police operation in the western province of Chimaltenango.

Two other senior PNC officers were charged along with Perez in the disappearance of the 119 kilos of cocaine, along with some of the cops assigned as bodyguards for the top brass.

Velasquez said prosecutors and detectives working for his office relied on data from the police cars’ GPS units and intercepts of the conspirators’ cell phone conversations. EFE
 

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