More than 300 arrested in Puerto Rico, U.S. for serious crimes

San Juan, Nov 27 (EFE).- More than 300 people were arrested over the past month in Puerto Rico and on the U.S. mainland in a joint operation by local and federal security forces for assorted crimes including murder, attempted murder, drug trafficking and weapons violations.

The interim chief of Puerto Rico's police force, Col. Hector Agosto, announced Wednesday at a press conference that the arrests were carried out in cooperation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and that a total of 368 arrest warrants were issued.

Agosto said that the total amount of bail set for the alleged criminals amounted to $71 million and that the arrests were made between Oct. 22 and Nov. 22.

The arrests were made all over Puerto Rico, as well as in the state of Florida and in New York City.

"We're continuing to work in effective coordination with federal authorities as part of the government's security plan. Thanks to those efforts ... each day we are confronting crime to regain the public's confidence in our police," Agosto said.

The assistant director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Puerto Rico, Antonio Torres, said that his department is committed to combining its efforts with the Puerto Rican police and other law enforcement agencies to arrest people who are wanted by state and federal authorities.