Ranking Guatemalan Police Officers Arrested
D.C.) + Three high-level members of the Guatemalan Anti-Narcotics
Police (Servicio de Analisis e Informaction Antinarcoticos, or SAIA)
have been arrested on charges of conspiring to import and distribute
cocaine in the United States, Assistant Attorney General Alice S.
Fisher of the Criminal Division and Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA) Administrator Karen Tandy announced today.
in law enforcement who would sell their badges to aid in the illegal
shipment of narcotics to the United States need to know that we are
aggressively investigating their activities,” said Assistant
Attorney General Fisher. “International borders will not stop
our pursuit + U.S. law can be brought to bear against them, no matter
where they operate.”
indictment and arrests are the result of a four-month long investigation
by DEA agents in the United States and Central America into activities
of the three defendants. The defendants are scheduled to appear before
a magistrate judge at U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia at
1:45 p.m. ET today.
investigation that led to the arrests was conducted by the DEA, working
with the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. The Government
of Guatemala assisted in the investigation.