A serious challenge
One of the most serious challenges facing El Salvador is from the organized drug trade. Its corrupting influence has proved irresistible to some within El Salvador's police as the online site Inside Costa Rica describes:
San Salvador - Salvadorian interim Attorney General Astor Escalante confirmed that the drug trade has penetrated top national police authorities, evidenced Saturday after a drug dealer was sent to prison.
There has been information for long time about those relations, but the recent capture of Reynerio Flores by INTERPOL in Honduras and his imprisonment in a maximum security penitentiary, prove the need to continue investigating.
The most important thing is that we are strengthening institutionality, and when we are provided with incriminating information we are severe in using the full weight of the law, said Escalante Saturday in La Prensa Grafica daily.
Interviewed on television, head of attorneys of the Unit against the Organized Crime Rodolfo Delgado said drug dealers in eastern Salvador managed to infiltrate the National Civil Police (DAN) Anti-Drug Division.
A DAN member that was tried was linked to members of the criminal Los Perrones group, led by Flores, something revealed by his drug purchases in Guatemala, he said.
He included two anti-drug officers among those mentioned. One was arrested in April, 2008, in possession of over $23,000 to buy drugs, according to his confession.