News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2006

Agency Contacts:
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Date: March 23, 2006 Nedy A. Carrillo
Deputy Press Officer
(787) 282-1874

DEA
Waldo Santiago
800-718-0781


ATF
Marcial O. Felix
787-773-3300


FBI
Harry Rodriguez (787)754-6000

DEA Investigation Results in the Indictment of Three Police Officers and One Civilian for Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Drugs
PRPD, FBI, and ATF also participated in the investigation

MAR 23 -- SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico  H.S. Garcia, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Jerome M. Harris, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Caribbean Division, Luis S. Fraticelli, Special Agent, Special Agent in Charge, San Juan Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Marcial Orlando Felix, Resident Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco , Firearms and Explosives (ATF) , and Pedro Toledo, Superintended, Police of Puerto Rico (PRPD), announced the arrest of three (3) police officers and a civilian. These arrests are the result of a Federal Grand Jury indictment issued in the District of Puerto Rico on March 22, 2006, charging the individuals with violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

Each individual, as indicated below faces the following charges:

1. FLORIAN OTERO, Vega Baja Municipal Police officer, one count of conspiracy to possess with intend to distribute a controlled substance, three counts of attempt to possess with intent to distribute narcotics and three counts of carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense.

2. VICTOR ROBLES, Puerto Rico Police Department Officer, one count of conspiracy to possess with intend to distribute a controlled substance, two counts of attempt to possess with intent to distribute narcotics, and two counts of carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense.

3. ANTONIO ROBLES-ROMAN, also known as “ANGEL TORRES” a civilian, one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and one count of attempt to possess with intent to distribute narcotics.

4. GERMAN MELENDEZ, Puerto Rico Police Department Officer, one count of conspiracy to possess with intend to distribute a controlled substance, one count of attempt to possess with intent to distribute narcotics, and one count of carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense.
Beginning in February 2005, DEA undercover special agents met on numerous occasions with the three (3) police officers and the civilian to discuss the transportation and protection services to be provided to several drugs shipments. During the transactions, the police officers and the civilian received three thousand dollars ($3,000.00) for each drug transportation and protection service provided.

Penalties for the narcotics offenses alleged in the indictment range from ten (10) years to life imprisonment and fines of up to four million dollars ($4,000,000.00).

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial. The Government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

This indictment is the result of a joint investigation conducted by the DEA, FBI, ATF and PRPD. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Ernesto López-Soltero.