Puerto Rican police arrest 11 members of two alleged drug gangs
The Associated Press
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico- Authorities arrested 11 members of two alleged gangs battling to control drugs sales at a government housing complex in northern Puerto Rico on Sunday, the U.S. territory's top police official said.
One gang member was wounded by gunfire. Charges haven't been filed.
FBI agents were helping police search for gang members in the housing project.
Toledo said authorities believed the gang that controlled the area was once led by Jose "Coquito" Lopez, who was fatally shot on July 28.
Lopez allegedly controlled the drug trade in northeastern Puerto Rico. FBI agents are investigating allegations that rogue police officers acted as bodyguards and informants for Lopez at the center of a fast-growing political scandal in the island.
Carolina is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of the capital, San Juan.
Copyright Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Recommended for you
Join the discussion
PoliceOne top 5
- After HOA demands pro-cop flag taken down, family shows support for LE in a different way
- Video: SC motorcycle pursuit ends in fatal wreck
- 50 to 60 teens swarm Calif. train, rob weekend riders
- 10 ways law enforcement ruined me as a woman
- Video: Mo. governor completes SWAT challenge in honor of slain deputy