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Federal indictment of alleged drug traffickers underscores increasing gun-related murder risk in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria

07 February 2018


On 18 January, the United States Department of Justice announced a federal grand jury indictment of 104 individuals allegedly involved in a drug-trafficking network around Bayamón municipality, Puerto Rico.

The defendants each face nine counts relating to drug offenses dating back to 2010 including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances; use of firearms to commit crimes of violence, including murder; and other related offenses. It is alleged that the individuals were members of a drug trafficking organisation identified as Los Menores, which rose to power in Bayamón municipality following the incarceration of leaders from nearly all rival gangs operating in the area.

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