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article imagePolice chiefs in Guatemala arrested over drug links

By Alex Harrison     Mar 3, 2010 in World
2 prominent police chiefs in Guatemala have been arrested after being linked to drug trafficking. The police force. The chief of the national force and antinarcotics force were those implicated.
It is the second time in six months that the top police official in Guatemala has been arrested. Baltazar Gomez and Nelly Bonilla are accused in connection with a gunfight in April with resulted in the death of 5 police officers. The fight was apparently involved two gangs fighting over over a shipment of stolen cocaine.Meanwhile former police chief Porfirio Perez is currently awaiting trial on accusations of stealing cocaine and cash.
The arrest are further evidence of the rife corruption currently present in Guatemala and many central American countries. The drugs traffickers are increasingly targeting more venerable countries and the US wages it´s drugs war in Mexico and Colombia.
The arrests come just days before a planned visit by American secretary of state Hilliary Clinton and she is likely to urge the government to do more to combat corruption, "A number of them are not taking strong enough stands against the erosion of the rule of law because of the pressure from drug traffickers," Clinton said.
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