Policeman, musician indicted in Puerto Rico drug case

February 21, 2023 GMT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A police officer and a reggaeton singer are among 24 people accused of running a suspected drug-trafficking ring in Puerto Rico, officials announced Tuesday.

The group is accused of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine across the U.S. territory since 2017, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The cocaine was imported from Colombia, Venezuela and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and the suspects recruited women and placed them aboard boats ferrying drugs to distract law enforcement officers if needed, authorities said.

They noted that a police officer with Puerto Rico’s Joint Forces of Rapid Action served as a lookout.

If found guilty, the suspects could face up to life in prison.