Burglars Take Classified Information from Home of DEA Director in Peru
LIMA, Peru (AP) _ The home of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s top official in Peru was burglarized and thieves made off with classified information on drug trafficking, police said Monday.
Police said the burglary occurred Saturday afternoon while the DEA director, identified by police as Edmundo Apodaca, 48, wasn’t home.
The U.S. Embassy refused to comment on the incident. In Washington, the DEA’s public affairs office said the agency was checking the report.
Police said the thieves took an automatic rifle, a revolver, ammunition, a camera, a radio-tape player, two gold watches, clothing and two portable computers containing classified information.
The rooms and furniture had been ransacked, police said.
The Lima daily newspaper La Republica reported that the computers’ diskettes contained information on anti-narcotics investigations in the coca-producing area of the Upper Huallaga Valley and the role of ``collaborators″ in that area.
The Upper Huallaga Valley has been a stronghold of the Shining Path guerrillas, who the government says protect drug traffickers in exchange for payoffs. The leaves of the coca plant provide the raw material for cocaine.