The Government raises legal reforms regarding the management of forfeited property derived from drug trafficking, this task should be assumed by the Drug Technical Secretariat. Tomorrow this agency will begin its legal existence replacing the National Council for Control of Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances (CONSEP).
As a way to release the administrative burden of the new agency, President Rafael Correa, proposed yesterday, during his weekly address, changes in the law that allows to sell the properties confiscated by the State for illegal drug trafficking, without waiting for the conduct of the trial.
“There is a trial for drug trafficking. We must take charge of the property and the state is not a good administrator and that estate will be in the worst of all worlds,” he explained. Therefore, in such cases he suggested the sale of those assets. “And if we were to lose the judgment (…) the property will not be returned, the money will be returned plus interest.” (I)