The group, led by two brothers, maintained contact with Mexican cartels. To get the drug involved personnel from the Directorate of Civil Aviation who helped them with logistics and provided false documents. The prosecutor Angélica B.V. supposedly it benefited members of a drug trafficking network that had links with Mexican cartels.
On Wednesday, he was remanded in custody for illicit association. The official was investigating nine citizens for large-scale drug trafficking, after the discovery of a plane that was loaded with drugs at an abandoned airport in San Vicente, Manabi.
This, in October of 2017. Patricia Morejon, Provincial Prosecutor of Guayas, explained that through wiretapping and monitoring legally authorized by a judge it was known that she had contact with the accused. “In fact, it was found that the offers that were made via telephone were made specific. That was the element of conviction to investigate further. ”
He explained that the agreement was to change the criminal type so that the sanction that could reach up to 13 years would go down to at least 10. Thus, the investigated would accede to special processes and negotiate minor penalties. Also not to charge some people, use false witnesses and the guards to take responsibility.
Angelica was arrested on January 31 during Operation Impact 43, executed by the Counter-Narcotics Investigation Unit (UIAN). In this action, two more citizens were arrested, including the leader of the network: Robinson A., who has been required by the US justice system since 2006 for money laundering and drug trafficking. Mario Vargas, National Director of Antinarcotics (e), reported that Robinson rented a house for $ 5,000, in a luxury development. I also had two cars. The other detainee Victor E., of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC), allegedly told the drug traffickers what color to fly and gave them fake documents so they would not be detected.
Background The narco-criminal group was followed since October 2017 when a small plane that left Ecuador landed in Guatemala with more than half a ton of drugs. Two Mexicans who manned the ship were arrested.
During the investigation
it was determined that in December another aircraft would depart from an abandoned runway at Los Perales airport in Manta. There was found half a ton more and 9 citizens were captured, including Robinson’s brother and two DGAC workers.
Last Tuesday the agents found another 500 kilos of narcotics in a warehouse of Mapasingue. This supposedly would leave by air, but from a track on the Guayaquil-Salinas road. In total, there are 15 people arrested and two processes: one for illicit association (against the last three detainees) and the other for organization or financing for the illicit production or trafficking of substances subject to control. (I)