A former police officer from a northern Puerto Rican city has been found guilty of providing security to drug dealers.
U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez Velez says David Gonzalez Perez was found guilty of 28 counts of conspiracy and drug-related charges on Wednesday. Law enforcement authorities on the U.S. territory are struggling to curb spiraling crime and rampant drug smuggling.
The former officer from Arecibo received $36,000 in payments from drug dealers for his security services during 15 cocaine transactions.
Prosecutors say he also recruited 15 others to participate in the drug deals, including his brother and sister-in-law.
He faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison.