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Puerto Rican Police Break Up $65M Drug-Trafficking Ring

Associated Press

May 12, 2010

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hundreds of police and federal agents raided a public housing complex Tuesday and arrested more than three dozen people allegedly involved in selling an estimated $65 million worth of drugs.

Authorities rounded up 39 of the 70 suspects being sought for being in a gang that sold heroin, crack, cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs to people in the northern coastal city of Carolina and nearby areas, police said.

U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said the suspects kept two apartments known as “the freezers” — one to prepare drugs and store weapons and the other to relax, watch TV and play video games.

The gang allegedly had operated since 2002 and included runners, lookouts and enforcers who would also kidnap and beat up their own members to keep control of the organization.

The suspects took over the ring once led by drug kingpin Jose Lopez Rosario, who allegedly controlled the drug trade in the U.S. island’s northeastern region and was shot to death in July 2006.

Charges against the suspects carry penalties ranging from 10 years to life in prison.

As police led suspects away, some people in the housing complex stood on their porches and waved, calling out their names.

As a symbolic gesture, Police Chief Jose Figueroa Sancha and Gov. Luis Fortuno painted over a mural at the complex that depicted one of the drug ring’s purported leaders.

Sancha has estimated that 70 percent of killings in Puerto Rico are tied to drug trafficking.


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    Perl

    over 4 years ago

    1498 Comments

    Mad props to the Agents in PR!
    ~Wf

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    JoPapiMartin

    over 4 years ago

    38 Comments

    Great job!

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    OFFICER_K_CPD

    over 4 years ago

    2296 Comments

    Wow....GJ

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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    11220 Comments

    Good stuff, folks !!! I love a story with a happy ending !!!!!

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42918 Comments

    Great police work Puerto Rico!!!

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    ImpdsAngel

    over 4 years ago

    3140 Comments

    Job Well Done!!!! Awesome

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    PUERTO RICOOOOOOO! Great job!

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    3rdwatchguy

    over 4 years ago

    318 Comments

    Good job! Hopefully they keep the pressure on.

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    Migs

    over 4 years ago

    1274 Comments

    I really think it's time that the Governor starts stepping up the resources to take our home back from the dope dealers. I went home back in 2008 and it was truly devastated by the treatment received from my own and the way that the drugs, dope dealers and corruption runs the country. This needs to be a serious priority in the Governor’s Agenda.

    To the officers involved... great job!

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    skascooter007

    over 4 years ago

    2010 Comments

    I am due to go there in 2 weeks for my Honeymoon
    My Thank you goes out to the Hundreds of police and federal agents- your work is appreciated.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Good job brothers...!!! Well done.
    Buen trabajo hermanos....!!! Bien hecho.

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