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Peru arrests army officer for drug trafficking

Arrest of military officer for drug trafficking first in Peru in more than a decade

Peru arrests army officer for drug trafficking

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peruvian authorities have arrested an army lieutenant who they allege regularly collected bribes from drug traffickers for letting small planes ferry cocaine out of the world's No. 1 coca-producing valley.

Chief organized crime prosecutor Jorge Chavez told The Associated Press that Lt. Wilmer Delgado Ruiz was arrested Thursday after being summoned from his base in the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro river valley.

Chavez said it was Peru's first arrest of a military officer on drug trafficking charges in at least a decade. He said it was too early to say if other arrests were expected.

A week earlier, the AP reported that Peruvian troops in the military-controlled valley were turning a blind eye to the airborne ferrying to Bolivia of more than a ton of cocaine a day.

Updated : 2021-09-25 06:02 GMT+08:00