Honduran police seize 529 kilos of cocaine in Tegulcigalpa. Image: Orlando Sierra / Getty Images

Honduras' new national police chief, Jose David Aguilar Moran, helped a cartel leader deliver close to a ton of cocaine during an incident in 2013, according to a secret government report obtained by the Associated Press.

Why it matters: The revelation calls into question the reliability of Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez, a key American ally in the war on drugs who has pledged to fight police corruption.

What happened: Corrupt police officers had been escorting a drug trafficker with 1,700 pounds of coke when they were busted by a lower-ranking officer. One of the handcuffed officers called Aguilar, then serving as chief of intelligence for Honduras' National Police, who ordered that they be set free.

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