HomeNewsBriefPhone Recordings Link Peru Police to Drug Clan
BRIEF

Phone Recordings Link Peru Police to Drug Clan

PERU / 11 SEP 2014 BY DAVID GAGNE EN

Authorities in Peru have dismissed nearly two dozen police officials in the northern coastal city of Chiclayo for ties to drug trafficking, highlighting widespread official corruption in the country.

In early September, Peru's Inspector General for the National Police expelled 21 members from various national police units in the city after phone recordings linked them to convicted drug trafficker Haydee Leyva Caycay, alias "Tia Vicky," reported La Republica. The accused officials include one colonel, two majors, two captains, and 16 lower-ranking officers. The former head of the police's anti-drug division in Chiclayo has also been accused of working with Caycay, reported Correo.

Following an initial investigation in which the colonel was absolved and other police received just minor sanctions, a second investigation was launched that took into account 154 phone conversations intercepted by anti-drug police. The conversations involved Chiclayo police and Caycay or her associate Santiago Soto Melendez, alias "Pechereque."

According to the Inspector General, the police officials provided Caycay with the dates and times of upcoming drug busts, and also informed her of the identities of undercover policemen operating within her criminal group. 

In 2013, Caycay -- considered at the time to be the main drug distributor in the city -- and other members of her criminal group were sentenced to 25 years in prison for money laundering. 

InSight Crime Analysis

According to La Republica, the Caycay clan trafficked drugs and laundered money in Chiclayo province from 1995 until the group was disbanded in 2013. Although the Caycay group reportedly operated in a relatively small section of the country, the fact that they were able to rely on high-level police connections suggests at least some degree of sophistication.  

The dismissal of 21 police officers for ties to drug trafficking is yet another sign of how deep-rooted official corruption is in Peru. Corrupt police forces have also been accused of facilitating extortion in northern Peru, and last year the police chief in the northern city of Lambayeque -- near Chiclayo -- was arrested for allegedly working with the Nuevo Clan del Norte extortion gang. 

SEE ALSO: Peru News and Profiles

Numerous Peruvian politicians and political candidates have also been accused of corruption and participating in criminal activity. Authorities have already banned over 300 candidates from running for office in upcoming October elections because of criminal convictions, and in August Interior Minister Daniel Urresti identified 115 political candidates who allegedly have ties to drug trafficking.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

GOLD / 29 OCT 2013

Illegal gold mining in Peru is worth more than twice as much as the country's drug trade, says a top…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 9 FEB 2011

Members of the Peruvian armed forces continue to sell weapons to Colombian guerrillas, a Peruvian congressman told press,…

BRAZIL / 31 MAY 2012

The Brazilian Army has handed control of several neighborhoods in a Rio de Janeiro favela adjoining Complexo do Alemao to…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution Met With Uproar

6 MAY 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime launched its latest investigation, Venezuela’s Cocaine Revolution¸ accompanied by a virtual panel on its findings. The takeaways from this three-year effort, including the fact that Venezuela…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…

THE ORGANIZATION

InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…