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Puerto Rico official arrested in prostitution raid

August 15, 2014

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A government official in Puerto Rico has been arrested following a prostitution raid in the U.S. territory.

Authorities said Friday that 55-year-old Juan Ramon Vega Salamanca was one of 11 men arrested overnight at a beach in the northwest coastal town of Aguadilla.

Vega was a regional director for Puerto Rico’s natural resources department. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 3.

Natural Resources Secretary Carmen Guerrero said she has launched an internal investigation and appointed an interim director.

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