After 15 days of being linked to a possible case of drug trafficking, the prosecutor Leonidas Lema referred the former governor of Manabi, Cesar Fernandez, to new criminal proceedings for alleged money laundering.
On August 2 Cesar Fernandez was arrested for allegedly engaging in the smuggling of 115 kilos of cocaine and a large armament, raided in 11 homes in three cities: Guayaquil, Quito and Santo Domingo.
Fernandez, who by his age was under house arrest, is now in custody.
The former governor of Manabi was conducted last Wednesday afternoon at the Penitencieria del Litoral (Prison) under heavy security.
Money laundering is punishable by a 6 to 9 years sentence. MZ