Peru airport drug bust points to police, customs

LIMA, Peru - A Peruvian prosecutor says 4 people have been charged with drug trafficking and 28 more are under investigation in an alleged smuggling ring involving police and customs officials.

The investigation began after a former airport employee was arrested Feb. 25 while allegedly carrying 130 pounds (60 kilograms) of cocaine he intended to smuggle in airline food carts onto a LAN flight to Mexico City.

Prosecutor Juan Mendoza says the man accepted a plea bargain to testify and is in jail on trafficking charges along with an ex-police officer and a customs official. A fourth suspect is being sought.
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Mendoza said Wednesday that 17 police officers, 9 customs officials, an airport worker and a LAN employee are also targeted by the probe.
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