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AFP – An Ecuadoran policeman who found $60,000 in a backpack and handed it in to his bosses received an honor Tuesday from the national police force.
William Alvarez was leaving for work last week when he noticed a strange bag sitting near his doorstep in the port city of Guayaquil.
He thought it might be trash, but when he opened it he discovered a huge stash of $20 bills inside, rolled into bundles and totaling about $60,000.
Suspecting the money was crime-related, he gave it to his superiors — winning their praise for his “high sense of ethics,” which they called an example to his colleagues.
Ecuador’s police force, which has been plagued in the past by corruption and human rights abuses, launched a campaign to clean itself up in 2010, firing hundreds of cops for misconduct, including sexual harassment, human trafficking and alcoholism.
Last March, five police officers were fired for stealing money from a Mexican drug trafficking plane that crashed in 2012 with $1.3 million on board.