Marco Albuja, Vice-Chancellor of Ecuador, said yesterday that according to tests performed to the sculpture, the remains of cocaine detected in the bust of Eloy Alfaro gave positive for “vapors” of this narcotic drug and not particles as stated in the beginning.
The official explained during an interview with radio Majesty, that the Prosecutor’s Office is exploring three theories in the investigation.
The first hypothesis suggests the alkaloid was sprinkled on the shoulders of the monument “with a second intention”, because the other 6 boxes that were sent jointly had no traces of drugs.
The second states that the person in charge of packing the bust is a consumer, because the flannel that goes inside the box so to protect the piece also was contaminated.
And the third suggests that those who were commissioned to sprinkle the cocaine did it in order to test if the piece went trough customs to then send a full loading.
The foreign relations office has worked since February of last year in a plan to reinforce their security, since the discovery of drugs in a diplomatic suitcase.