Former Tegucigalpa Police Commander Jorge Barralaga Hernandez was arrested and his home was confiscated. He is accused of money laundering.
Barralaga rose to fame in October, 2011, because he allowed the four policemen accused of killing 4 university students, including rector Julietta Castellanos's son, to be freed from jail, allowing them to then flee. At the time Baralaga was in charge of District 1 of Tegucigalpa and the four policemen, Sub Inspector Carlos Galeas Cruz and policemen Wilfredo Figueroa Velasquez, Arnulfo Padilla Roderiguez, and José Ruben Pozo, were under arrest in District 1 for the crime of murdering four university students. Even though a court had ordered them held, in October, 2011 he released them, and they fled into the countryside. For this action he was fired.
In 2012 he filed a legal appeal, seeking reinstatement and back pay; that case was never heard and remains open. In 2013 he was accused and had an initial audience in court for abuse of authority along with Marco Tulio Palma in freeing the four accused of killing the university students. That case remains untried. As early as 2010 a police investigation found that Barralaga, then serving in the border Department of Copan, had illicit income from corrupt sources, probably drug running, but high levels of the National Police, including Juan Carlos "El Tigre" Bonilla, sat on the investigation and allowed Barralaga to continue to serve and be promoted.
Baralaga was arrested this morning and his house confiscated. He is accused of money laundering. The police are still investigating the source of the 27 million Lempiras ($1.2 million) he has in personal bank accounts.