The Eloy Alfaro sculpture could have been contaminated by the manipulation of a consumer, according to the preliminary investigation of the Prosecutor’s Office, which aims to determine the crime that could have been committed.
Fernando Guerrero, who was also at the forefront of the process called “narcovalija”, is the Prosecutor in charge of the preliminary investigations in this case.
The first hypothesis thrown by the prosecution came after discovering that the statue contaminated with particles of cocaine hydrochloride was the only one that was going to be sent abroad.
After the fact, the Government assured that were “just particles” of cocaine what they found in the flannel wrapped around the shoulders of the bust and in the inner and outer part of the box in which it was going to be transported.
Marco Albuja, Vice-Chancellor of Ecuador, said during a press conference that the police report details that white particles found were cocaine, however, “was so minimal the amount that they could not run more tests”.
The Minister of the Interior, José Serrano, agreed with Albuja in his statements and described the finding as a malicious act against the Government.
“This goes beyond drug trafficking, here there is malice in relation to our Government and Foreign Ministry”, said Serrano, who assured that they will find the responsibles.