BUENOS AIRES – A Buenos Aires Metropolitan Police precinct chief was arrested during an extensive anti-drug operation conducted in outlying areas of the Argentine capital, police spokesmen said.
Precinct chief Simon Rodrigo was one of six people arrested Saturday during searches that led to the seizure of drugs and weapons.
The 57-year-old Rodrigo and his stepson, Matias Velardi, 24, were detained at their residence in Villa Adelina, a town in the Buenos Aires metro area, police said.
About 240 tablets of ecstasy, firearms and anti-tank grenades were found at the house.
Rodrigo has been suspended by Buenos Aires Justice and Security Minister Guillermo Montenegro until the case is cleared up.
Rodrigo was not under suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking nor was his stepson being investigated, but he has now become involved in the case and was arrested for illegal possession of explosives, police spokesmen said.
In about a dozen searches around the capital, authorities seized a total of 400 ecstasy tablets, 15 kilos of marijuana and 2.5 kilos of cocaine, as well as cash and weapons.
Federal Judge Juan Manuel Yalj, who is investigating drug trafficking bands on the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires, ordered the searches.
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Police Precinct Chief Arrested on Drug Charges in Argentina