In what is being billed as the biggest police corruption investigation in the history of the FBI, more than 130 people were arrested Wednesday in Puerto Rico -- including 89 law enforcement officers -- accused of drug trafficking.
The results of the two-year investigation were announced Wednesday in Washington by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who was flanked by Puerto Rico's top federal prosecutor, FBI special agent and police superintendent.
Sixty one Puerto Rico Police officers were charged, as were 16 officers from municipal departments, six former state police officers, 12 corrections officers and three members of Puerto Rico's National Guard. Two U.S. Army soldiers and 30 civilians were also charged.
``These indictments are the result of 125 undercover drug transactions that FBI agents conducted across Puerto Rico, from July 2008 until September 2010,'' Holder said at a press conference carried live on television.
``We allege that the defendants charged today provided security during undercover drug deals in exchange for payments ranging from $500 to $4,500 per transaction -- more than half a million dollars in total.''
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