The serial numbers of a shipment of ammunitionseized in Colombia from dissidents of the FARC from the Óliver Sinisterrafront, led by Walther Arízala, alias Guacho, is what allowed them to followtheir trail until they reached the barracks of the Ecuadorian Army, which hadthem registered as destroyed.
How could ammunition that had expired and alsobeen destroyed be held by narco-terrorists?
The suspicion of the existence of a banddedicated to the diversion of the ammunition, with ties in the barracks, ledthe Ecuadorian police investigators to follow the trail of the bullets fromtheir departure from the battalion warehouses until their arrival at theBrigade of Logistics No. 25 in Quito and, from there, to the alleged sites ofdestruction.
The tip of the skein was in the documents ofacquisition of ammunition in which it appears that those bullets, caliber 5.56,entered the Army’s central warehouse and from there to different militaryunits. As they had not been used and they had fulfilled their useful life (thegunpowder had lost its chemical composition), they entered the process ofdestruction that begins with their withdrawal from the barracks to thedivisional logistics battalion warehouses and, from there, to the generalLogistics winery in Quito.
The investigations aimed at seven soldiers andsix servers of the Ministry of Defense that had participated in the process ofdischarging and destroying these munitions, but that had ended up in the handsof the Guacho front that made six attacks against the Ecuadorian police andmilitary and He attributed the kidnapping and subsequent murder of fivecivilians, three workers of El Comercio newspaper, and a couple in love withSanto Domingo de los Tsáchilas.
The investigation in progress, after raids inthe places where the suspects were detained to integrate the traffickingnetwork of arms, ammunition and explosives, aims to discover all the authors,accomplices and accessories of the detour. The aim is to confirm, in addition,if the ammunition really was expired.
The Ministry of Defense has indicated that itwill give all the opening to the Office of the Prosecutor to investigate anoffense involving Army personnel who had under their responsibility the processof taking inventory and destroying weapons, ammunition and other products thatlost their useful life in the barracks.
The Prosecutor’s Office tries to find out ifthere was also diversion of weapons in addition to ammunition. (I)