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  • Cocaine seized by police in Huanchaco, Peru earlier this year (Photo: Reuters).

    Cocaine seized by police in Huanchaco, Peru earlier this year (Photo: Reuters).

Published 3 October 2014

The officers were arrested after officials exposed them for orchestrating a drug trafficking network between Peru and Bolivia. 

A band of Peruvian police officers involved in drug trafficking with ties to Bolivia was disjointed in Puno, announced the Minister of Interior, Daniel Urresti.

The network was headed by commander Carlos Herrera and was made up of six officers as well as two civilians.

According to police reports, the nine people detained have so far collaborated with police. The police have at least three months worth of evidence on the drug trafficking ring. The police officers, not related to narcotics work, detained drug traffickers, seizing drugs and later selling them.

"A delinquent police officer is doubly criminal", said the Minister. The Minister also indicated that they were able to determine the officers' ties to Bolivia by tracing their phones.

Weeks before, narcotics officers in Peru were arrested for corruption selling drugs to networks in Bolivia and Brazil.  

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