Car window tinting to protect your car, truck, SUV in Puerto Rico

Since Puerto Rico is near the equator, the UV rays are intense, which damages your skin, the skin of passengers, and the car interior.  Therefore, it is worthwhile and highly recommend to have window tint installed in your vehicle.  Puerto Rico Newcomer has done a great deal of legwork to help you decide where to get your tint installed.  Be sure to have high quality tint installed, so it is less likely to fade, turn purple, or develop bubbles.

What you want to look for is an installer that will give you a WRITTEN LIFETIME WARRANTY FROM THE MANUFACTURER, not just from the installation company.  You don’t want a warranty from the only from the installer, since many tint shops won’t be around in a few years.  What good is a warranty from ABC Auto Tint, once they go out of business?  That’s why the manufacturer warranty is so important, so that if ABC Auto Tint goes out of business, you can take your vehicle to another shop that uses that same window tint.  Don’t waste your time with a shop that only offers 1, 3, or 5 years on a warranty.  If the warranty is so short, that should tell you about the durability and quality of the tint not being high.

Did you have tint installed in your car in Puerto Rico?  Add your comments below to improve the discussion.

PR window tint survey

CLICK THE LINK ABOVE to download the full spreadsheet, a partial sample of which is below.


installer city phone warranty 3M Carbon Llumar ATC Llumar ATR Llumar CTX Suntek Carbon Suntek CXP Carbon Suntek CIR Ceramic Midas nano ceramic Midas Corona Max Film Xsun Ceramic R&D Polarized brand unknown
warranty lifetime lifetime normally, but not in PR lifetime normally, but not in PR per the manufacturer lifetime lifetime lifetime
note good better best; ceramic is better than carbon good better best; ceramic is better than carbon
A&J Caguas 787-344-1798, 787-222-2253 lifetime normally, but in PR only 5 year warranty on ATR; lifetime on CTX per A&J but manufacturer says they won’t honor any lifetime warranty from PR $160 $240
Rickys Caguas 787-604-6366 $150
Sieza Isabela 939-319-1303 lifetime $180
Oscar Auto Tint Arecibo 787-209-8148, 787-585-7275 lifetime $200 $360
Oscar Auto Tint by Eileen Camuy 939-639-8234 lifetime $180
The Tint Shop PR Anasco 787-449-1726 lifetime $220
FWT & JDM Parts Inc Vega Baja 787-346-3620 lifetime $180
Barreto Hatillo 787-642-8203 lifetime $180
Yamil Auto Tint Sound Center Mayaguez 787-202-2323, 787-484-4167 lifetime $200
Quality Seat Covers & Sound Center Vega Alta 787-270-5828 lifetime $115
Perfection Shade Window Tint Carolina 787-768-9050, 787-200-0440 lifetime $160 $145
EuroTint Rio Piedras 787-200-9070 $150
Dragon Car Performance Carolina 787-757-3838 lifetime $95
Innovative Auto Tints – by IHOP Barceloneta 787-356-1002 lifetime $350 $300 $255
Anthony Auto Tint Bayamon 787-590-7219 lifetime $225
Denny’s Auto Tint Aguada 787-448-8027, 939-246-0379 lifetime $250
Solar Tintes San Juan 787-793-2220, 787-273-7689, 787-749-0386 5 year $155+tax







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Puerto Rico faces a surge in murders after Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico faces a surge in murders after Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico faces a surge in murders after Hurricane Maria
Puerto Rico faces a new horror in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria as 32 people have already been killed in the first 11 days of 2018. (Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily News)

Thirty-two people have been slain in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico in the first 11 days of the new year — nearly double the number killed during the same period a year ago.

Experts say that the uptick in murders is an aftereffect of Hurricane Maria, which overwhelmed an already bankrupt Puerto Rico and fueled criminal activity.

Lawlessness reigns as police, who complain that they are owed back pay for overtime, have staged a sickout that’s taken roughly 2,000 officers off the street each day, according to the Associated Press.

Resources are scarce, and commodities including diesel generators have been stolen as tension mounts among families in towns that are still without electricity.

“You can’t deny the amount of tension you feel when you go there,” said Monica Caudillo, a postdoctoral associate at the Maryland Population Research Center.

“People are upset and if they have any sort of weapon at hand, it’s not hard to see how conflicts can get out of hand when all those factors converge,” she told the Daily News.

Police have pulled back and families living in towns that are still in the dark are governed by fear, according to Caudillo, who recently returned from Puerto Rico, where her husband’s family lives.

“The police and people in government are focused right now on solving immediate needs that emerged with the hurricane so they are not as focused on watching crime rates or fulfilling typical duties, like public security, as they would under normal circumstances.”

Criminals are encouraged by a sense of impunity, criminologists say.

“They know they won’t be prosecuted because authorities are too busy,” Caudillo said.

Edgardo Hernandez Velez, executive director of a police advocacy group, said the number of killings so far this year is striking.

“The numbers are up compared to last year because there are not enough people to be on the lookout and see what’s going on,” he said.

“Police have been working many hours and are not being paid, so there’s a lack of policemen out there that has contributed to the increase in criminality,” he continued.

He said that 32 killings were “a lot” for just 11 days.

Yet others dispute the presumed link between the killings and Hurricane Maria. Gary Gutierrez, a professor who teaches criminal justice at the University of Turabo in Puerto Rico, said the spike in killings is part of a regular cycle of criminal violence.

Some parts of Puerto Rico are still without power.
Some parts of Puerto Rico are still without power. (ALVIN BAEZ/REUTERS)

“We have periods that are really high in criminal violence and they always relate to other social and economic factors,” he told The News.

Gutierrez blamed the spike in crime on a government whose policies “make us feel like we don’t belong.”

He also doesn’t think that the deaths have anything to do with a diminished police presence.

Puerto Rico’s last spike in violent crime was in 2011 when 1,136 people were killed.

“During the 2011 uptick in Puerto Rico we had one of the highest numbers of police in history, so the way I see it, the police is there to deal with daily crime but criminality is something that needs to be dealt with by the social and education system,” Gutierrez said.

Some deaths have been linked to the drug trade, which Gutierrez says has been upended by the hurricane.

“It has suffered just like any business has,” he said.

Drug gangs are fighting their rivals over lost territory, according to a police officer advocate.

“There’s a war over the control for drugs,” Fernando Soler told the Associated Press.

“They are taking advantage of all the situations occurring in Puerto Rico. There’s no power and they believe there’s a lack of police officers. … Criminals are taking care of business that was pending before the hurricane,” Soler said.

Some residents, however, say that they are relatively at ease.

Michael Vicens, who recently opened a surf school in Rincon, said he wasn’t even aware of the uptick in violent crime.

He said he leaves his daughter’s bike unattended and his car unlocked, and has not been targeted.

“So far, nothing has happened,” he said.

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Puerto Rico reports 78 killings in one of deadliest months

Puerto Rico reports 78 killings in one of deadliest months



Associated Press
FILE – In this Jan. 11, 2018 file photo, a forensic worker lifts a body at a crime scene in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The first month of 2018 was one of Puerto Rico’s deadliest months in recent years as the U.S. territory struggles with a surge in violent crime and growing discontent among tens of thousands of police officers. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — One of Puerto Rico’s deadliest months in recent years has closed, with 78 killings reported in January as the U.S. territory struggles with a surge in violent crime and growing discontent among thousands of police officers.

The killings included a 20-year-old woman found kneeling and burned to death inside a car in the upscale city of Guaynabo and a triple homicide reported in the eastern mountain town of San Lorenzo.

Puerto Rico’s homicide rate is roughly 20 killings per 100,000 residents, compared with 3.7 per 100,000 residents on the U.S. mainland.

“I’m gravely concerned about these violent incidents reported in recent days,” said Sen. Miguel Laureano. “It’s a dramatic situation that requires immediate attention.”

The majority of people killed last month were young men shot to death. The central mountain town of Caguas reported the highest number of homicides at 18, followed by the capital of San Juan with 14.

Police have issued warrants or arrested suspects in only a handful of the cases. On Thursday, authorities asked the public for help in solving the case of the young woman found burned inside the car. Police said they believe she was on her way to pick up a family member the day she was killed.

Hector Pesquera, head of Puerto Rico’s newly created Department of Public Safety, has said most of the killings in January were tied to drugs but added that there was “no rhyme or reason” to explain the surge.

In mid-January, local and federal officials announced they would implement a “broken windows” policing campaign to help reduce the number of killings. The plan is to crack down on all types of violations, including traffic infractions and illegal tints on car windows, to help get criminals off the street and prevent bigger crimes.

The increase in killings came weeks after thousands of police officers began calling in sick daily to protest millions of dollars owed in overtime pay following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Absences have returned to the normal daily average, Pesquera says, but thousands of police officers are still upset about austerity measures, including a sharp reduction in their monthly pensions and an end to being able to cash in unused sick days.

Puerto Rico Rep. Felix Lassalle, president of the commission of public security, is holding public hearings to address those issues.

“There’s a big commitment … to address situations that can affect police officers and find solutions,” he said.

Last year, Puerto Rico reported an overall drop in killings with 679 homicides compared with 700 in 2016.

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Florida’s Silver Airways acquires Puerto Rico’s Seaborne Airlines

Will this lead to this Silver Airways flying between Puerto Rico and Florida?

Florida’s Silver Airways acquires Puerto Rico’s Seaborne Airlines

By on April 24, 2018

SAN JUAN – Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways has announced that its acquisition of San Juan-based Seaborne Airlines’ business and assets had closed, creating a combined airline to serve the Caribbean, Bahamas and several states.

The acquisition brings together two independent airlines with similar Saab 340B aircraft fleets, “complementary route networks, and common codeshare/interline partners,” the announcing release reads.

Silver recently announced it would be deploying 20 new ATR-600 aircraft across both airline networks, giving it an expanded range. The total fleet now consists of 31 aircraft.

“I am thrilled to welcome the Seaborne team members to the Silver family as together we create one of the nation’s leading independent airlines in a transaction that will benefit our guests, team members, and the communities we serve, as well as both airlines’ valued codeshare and interline partnerships with most major U.S. carriers,” Silver Airways CEO Steve Rossum, who will serve as CEO of the combined airline, said in the release.

“Despite the devastating impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, our resilient and dedicated employees at Seaborne have successfully restructured our company with the support of our loyal passengers,” added Seaborne CEO Ben Munson, who will leave the airline but “continue as a valued advisor to the company.”

The combined airline will continue operating Silver’s stateside and Bahamas route network under the Silver Airways banner and Seaborne’s network throughout Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Caribbean under the Seaborne name.

Tickets for Silver will continue to be available on and bookings for Seaborne will continue on Seaborne passengers will be able to earn and redeem frequent traveler miles under Seaborne’s SeaMiles program. Initially, Seaborne will continue to operate under its own certificate as a standalone operating subsidiary of Silver.

The combined airline will employ nearly 1,000 people and be based at Silver’s offices in Fort Lauderdale. Corporate and operations support functions will remain at locations in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, San Juan, and St. Croix, U.S.V.I.

Silver said the merger of the two airlines’ “operating functions, joint branding, and streamlining of the guest experience” is expected to occur during the next year.

Silver, the first commercial carrier founded in Florida,  is a codeshare partner with United, JetBlue and Avianca, and has interline agreements with American, Delta, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Bahamasair, Hahn Air, and Azul.

The airline is owned by affiliates of Philadelphia-based investment firm Versa Capital Management LLC, a mayority owner of Seaborne, which announced plans to restructure under Chapeter 11 bankruptcy early this year and sell its assets to Silver.

Seaborne is a codeshare partner with American, Delta, JetBlue, and Vieques Airlink, and has interline agreements with United and Hahn Air. It has more than 1,500 monthly departures between San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, St. Thomas airport and seaplane base, St. Croix airport and seaplane base, Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica, Saint Maarten, St. Kitts, Tortola, and Nevis.

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Applebee’s has 6 locations in Puerto Rico

Prices may vary

1155 Ponce de Leon
San Juan PR 00907

Plaza Las Americas Shopping Center
San Juan PR

Ave. Comercia 167, Primer Nivel
Bayamon PR 00960

Carolina PR 00985
787-625-1602 E of Plaza Escorial

Plaza Dorado Shopping Center
Dorado PR 00646

Western Plaza
Mayaguez PR 00680

Applebee's grill combos

Applebee’s grill combos

Applebee's entrees from the grill

Applebee’s entrees from the grill

Applebee's appetizers

Applebee’s appetizers

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Tesla Powerwalls and Powerpacks keep the lights on at 662 locations in Puerto Rico during island-wide blackout, says Elon Musk


Tesla Powerwalls and Powerpacks keep the lights on at 662 locations in Puerto Rico during island-wide blackout, says Elon Musk

Tesla Powerwalls and Powerpacks keep the lights on at 662 locations in Puerto Rico during island-wide blackout, says Elon Musk

Almost 1 million ratepayers of the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority on the island of Puerto Rico were reportedly without power today during an island-wide blackout.

But a few hundred locations with Tesla Energy storage systems were able to keep the lights on, according to CEO Elon Musk.

After Puerto Rico was ravaged by hurricanes last year, most of the island’s population lost power for an extended period of time as the grid was badly damaged.

While power slowly came back online over the last few months, they still have been having issues and today, the entire power grid went down again for virtually everyone on the Puerto Rican Electric Power grid.

The cause is still unclear and being investigated.

Only people with energy storage systems were able to keep the lights on, including Tesla Energy customers.

Tesla ramped up its effort to help Puerto Rico get a more robust grid after it was destroyed by hurricanes. They quickly started shipping Powerwalls, their home energy storage solution, and we reported that they started shipping Powerpacks, their bigger commercial and utility-scale battery packs.

Now Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that it added up to 662 locations that were able to keep power during the blackout and that they are trying to add hundreds more:

As we previously reported, some of those locations include very critical services.

For example, Tesla deployed a series of Powerpack systems on the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra for a sanitary sewer treatment plant, the Arcadia water pumping station, the Ciudad Dorada elderly community, the Susan Centeno hospital, and the Boys and Girls Club of Vieques.

Furthermore, the automaker’s energy division also deployed a solar+battery system at a hospital in Puerto Rico.

Tesla shipped a few hundred more Powerwalls to Puerto Rico and sent technicians from all over the US to install them.

According to Musk, the effort resulted in 662 projects and there are more underway.

Electrek’s Take

It’s fun to see energy storage at work to respond to emergency situations like this one, but it’s now clear that Puerto Rico needs a better long-term solution to their energy grid problems.

It was also reported that the Puerto Rican government was considering Tesla’s plan for a series of microgrids to help bring back power on a larger scale. The government has confirmed that they “presented several projects in remote areas that would allow entire communities to be more independent” and they also “presented a proposal to the Authority for Public-Private Partnerships for the deployment of a large-scale battery system designed to help stabilize the entire Puerto Rico electricity network.”

Hopefully, they can greenlight such a project soon.

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How corrupt are the police, law enforcement in Puerto Rico?

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Eighty-Nine Law Enforcement Officers and 44 Others Indicted for Drug Trafficking Crimes in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON – Eighty-nine law enforcement officers and 44 others in Puerto Rico have been charged in 26 indictments unsealed today and returned by a grand jury in San Juan, Puerto Rico, during the month of September 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez of the District of Puerto Rico announced today.

The defendants face charges ranging from conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, attempt to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, and use of a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking offense. The offenses charged cover a period from in or about July 26, 2008 until Sept. 21, 2010.

The arrests today are the result of Operation Guard Shack, the largest police corruption investigation in the history of the FBI. Close to 750 FBI agents were flown in to Puerto Rico from across the country to assist in the arrests early this morning. Currently 129 individuals are in custody and four subjects remain at-large.

“The Justice Department’s commitment to rooting out and eradicating alleged corruption in our law enforcement ranks has never been stronger,” said Attorney General Eric Holder.  “This department has one message for anyone willing to abuse the public trust for personal gain: you will be caught, you will be stopped and you will be punished.”

The indictments unsealed today are the result of 125 undercover drug transactions conducted by the FBI in several locations in Puerto Rico, from July 2008 until September 2010.  The defendants’ participation in the drug transactions consisted of providing armed protection to a drug dealer during the sale of multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine.  In exchange for their security services during the undercover drug transactions, the defendants, a majority of whom are law enforcement officers, received payments ranging from $500 to $4,500 per transaction.

The law enforcement officers indicted today are from the following agencies: 60 defendants from the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD); 16 defendants from various municipal police departments; and 12 officers from the Puerto Rico Corrections Department. The remaining defendants include: three Puerto Rico National Guard soldiers; two U.S. Army officers; eight former law enforcement officers ; one administrative examiner in child support matters; one employee from the Social Security Administration; and 30 civilians.

“These indictments demonstrate the commitment of the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Puerto Rico to eradicate corruption in our law enforcement ranks. We cannot help but be appalled at the criminal conduct charged today against those who have sworn to serve and protect the citizens of Puerto Rico.  The people of Puerto Rico deserve and expect better, and today we send a clear message. We will continue working side by side with the many honest members of Puerto Rico’s law enforcement agencies in our fight against drug trafficking, violent crime and corruption in the island,” said U.S. Attorney Rodríguez-Vélez.

“Public corruption does not just strike at the heart of good government. It also jeopardizes the security of our communities and our nation,” said FBI Executive Assistant Director Shawn Henry, Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch.  “It erodes public confidence and undermines the strength of our democracy.  The FBI is fully committed to pursuing allegations of public corruption and we will work closely with the Department of Justice to bring charges when necessary.”

The 61 indicted defendants from the Puerto Rico Police Department are:  Omar Pérez Prado; Lt. Ángel Torres Figueroa; Carlos Fontanez Mercado, aka “Machazo;” Yacira Vélez Milian; Heriberto Cruz Vargas aka “Yopi;” Giovanni Cubertier Morales; Armando Valle Vicenty; Melvin Acevedo Hernández; Jeff Marrero Malpica; José Fuentes-Fuentes; Nelson Álvarez Mendoza; Obed Acevedo Ranero; Joel Hernández Hernández; David González Pérez; Israel Rullan Santiago; Eusebio Hernández Nieves; Xavier Álvarez Pérez; Ángel Acevedo Pérez, Ángel Rivera Ortiz, aka “Kento;” Samuel Acevedo Rivera; Pedro A. Morales Cintrón; Michael Forestier Figueroa; Juan Cruz Ramos, aka “Tito K9;” Jorge Rosado García; José R. Sánchez Quiñones; Rafael Figueroa Quiñones; Mayra Jiménez Pacheco; Juan D. Santiago Rosado; Rolando Nieves Valentin; Brenda Acosta Andújar; Javier A. Díaz Castro; Arnold E. Benítez Rivera; Rafael Rodríguez Valentin; Ramón Benítez Falcón; Carlos M. Méndez Pérez; Juan Hernández Vega;  Daviel Salinas Acevedo; Pedro Ayala Rivera; Yamil M. Navedo Ramírez; Ivan Santiago-Cruz; Daniel E. Ocasio Figueroa; Rafael Bautista Santiago; Isaías Reyes Arroyo; Sgt. Luis E. Pérez Ortiz; Hector Hernández Aguilar; Karla M. Colón Bracero; Jim Santana Ramírez; Jayson Acevedo; José L. Salva Negrón; Milton L. Martínez Matos; Luis A. González Torres; Miguel Santiago Cordero; Alberto De La Rosa Reyes; José B. Vargas Torres; Hector López Terrón; Johanna Caraballo López; Silverio Vera Monroy; Juan Jusino Ramos; Raúl Vega Sosa; Jonathan Ortiz Muñiz; and Hector Olivero Alicea. Ricardo Vázquez (U.S. Army Recruiter); Rafael Ureña Rivera, aka “Indio (former PRPD);” and William Rivera García (former municipal officer).

The16 indicted defendants who are municipal police officers are:Andy Alejandrino Sánchez; Arcadio Hernández-Soto; Raquel Delgado Marrero; Ángel L. Rivera Claudio; Joel Omar Aldarondo-Montalvo; Neftali Valentin-Fred; José O. Maldonado García; Luis Joel Avilés Rullan; Mark Anthony Ortiz; Luis Román Herrera; Gabriel Lozada Torres; Onel Saavedra González; Rose M. Serrano Vargas; Wilfredo González Lagares; Francisco J. Riesta Natal; and Jose Pérez Pérez.

The 12 indicted defendants who are officers in the Puerto Rico Corrections Department are:Christian Díaz Maldonado; Olvin García Huertas; José L. Román Méndez; Ruben Maldonado Torres; Radamés Cortez Ozoa; Carlos M. Rosado López; Omar Torres Ruperto; Carlos M. Linares Vega; Bernis González Miranda; José R. Bermúdez Quiñones; Joel Díaz Nieves;  and Bernardo Cruz Trujillo.

The remaining 44defendants are: Carlos Figueroa Cruz; Anthony Cruz; Miguel Sánchez Román (U.S. Army, former San Juan Municipal); Rodolfo E. Torres Negrón; Melquiades Álvarez Mendoza; Juan Carlos González Ortiz; Nelmic De La Cruz Raposo; Jesús LNU; Axel González Terron; Juan Cruz Tapia (Social Security Office); Edgar Rafael Rivera De Jesús (retired PRPD); Idanis García Morales (child support examiner); Christian Sotomayor Filomeno; Omar Cajigas; Abimael Hernández Rivera; Pedro González-Cruz; Rubin A. Maisonet De Jesús;Wayne Cedeño Amador; Josué Ramírez González; Oscar E. Ramos Rodríguez; Antonio L. Román Reyes; Yancy Toro Espiet; Alex O. Cordero Cortez, aka “Omar De La Cruz;” Luis Vélez-Concepción; Billy Hernández; Edward Quiñones (former PRPD); Christian A. Núñez-Reverón, aka “Kelvin Nuñez,” Roberto Molina (retired PRPD); Francisco Manzano López (former PRPD); Abraham Sánchez (National Guard);  Hector Hernández-Aldarondo; Rafael E. Pérez Rivera; Sgt. Abraham González Sánchez (National Guard); Wendell Rivera Ruperto, aka “Arsenio Rivera,” (former PR Department of Corrections); David Maldonado (National Guard); Juan C. Ramos-Vargas, aka “Joseph Avilés;” Frederick Santos Ortiz, aka “Roberto Ortega;” Yoana Sierra Padilla (former PRPD); Julio Gómez-Lloréns; Ricardo Amaro-Santiago; Eliezer Pagán Medina; and Sgt.

If convicted the defendants are facing sentences ranging from 10 years, up to life in prison.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Courtney Coker and Jacqueline Novas.  The case is being investigated by the FBI San Juan Field Office.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.

Operation Guard Shack
Historic Takedown in Puerto Rico


A special agent tracks progress of operation
A special agent tracks the progress of the operation. Gallery: Operation Guard Shack

Early this morning the FBI launched a massive public corruption takedown in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as our agents fanned out across the island to begin arresting 133 subjects—the majority of them police officers.

In what is likely the largest police corruption case in the FBI’s history, nearly 1,000 Bureau personnel from 50 of our 56 field offices were in San Juan for the takedown.

By late morning, as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney for Puerto Rico Rosa Rodriguez-Velez, and FBI officials were announcing the operation at a press conference in Washington, members of our Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) and SWAT operators had already arrested 129 subjects in a seamless and successful operation.

The colors on a map of Puerto Rico represent how cases were divided into tactical operations
The colors on a map of Puerto Rico represent how cases were divided into tactical operations.

Those charged with drug trafficking crimes and the use of a firearm in the commission of those crimes include 61 officers from the Puerto Rico Police Department, 16 officers from other municipal police departments, a dozen Puerto Rico Department of Corrections officers, members of the National Guard, and two U.S. Army soldiers. They all face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

“The actions of these individuals proved they were not worthy of the title of public servant,” said Luis Fraticelli, special agent in charge of our San Juan office. “They violated the public’s trust by using their authority for personal gain.”

The case, dubbed Operation Guard Shack, began more than two years ago, when then-FBI Special Agent Jose Figueroa Sancha began an investigation into corrupt San Juan police officers.

One of our undercover agents posing as a dealer selling multiple kilos of cocaine put the word out that he needed security during drug deals. Many of those who responded were cops. They actively took part in the transactions by carrying weapons and patting down the drug buyers—who were actually FBI informants. For their protection efforts, the cops were paid between $500 and $4,000 for each drug deal. In all, more than $500,000 was paid in protection money.

FBI Executive Assistant Director Shawn Henry discusses the operation with reporters at a press conference in Washington, D.C.
FBI Executive Assistant Director Shawn Henry
discusses the operation with reporters at a
press conference in Washington, D.C.

Figueroa Sancha—now chief of the Puerto Rico Police Department—knew of the continuing investigation and said from the FBI command post this morning, “All the officers arrested during today’s takedown did not honor or value the significance of working for the Puerto Rico Police Department.”

The operation began at 3 a.m., when 65 tactical teams hit the streets. But the takedown represented the work of more than just HRT and SWAT. On hand were a range of Bureau personnel—crisis negotiators, evidence response team members, canines and their handlers, and some 80 medical personnel from first responders and nurses to a trauma surgeon and a veterinarian.

And none of those people or their equipment—including armored Humvees, helicopters, and 250 rental cars—would have been in place if not for the logistical experts who worked around the clock in the days leading up to the takedown.

“A lot of planning went into this,” Fraticelli said, “and a lot of very capable people ‘what if’d’ the operation in every conceivable way.”

“This case sends a powerful message,” said Special Agent Alex Zappe, who worked the investigation from the beginning. “Corruption among our public officials—especially police officers—cannot be tolerated.”

Press release
Remarks by Executive Assistant Director Shawn Henry


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