Colombia arrested eight prosecution officials who had allegedly been stealing and selling huge amounts of seized drugs, the National Police said Wednesday.
They have been charged with drug-trafficking, conspiracy, embezzlement and fraud.
“The investigators of the CTI carried out important drug seizures which, once they had been presented to the authorities, were switched for veterinary medications and sold illegally”
Colombia’s National Police
Sometimes they would also claim that the vehicle transporting the drugs, which was under guard, had been lost. Then they would steal the drugs that were being transported.
In total, they stole an estimated 350kg of cocaine, with a value of approximately $340,000.
Corruption within Colombia’s state institution is relatively common and fueled by the huge revenue generated by illicit drugs like cocaine.