Two soldiers who drove a civilian truck with a ton of drugs in 990 packages were arrested at the Eloy Alfaro airport in Manta.
The commander of the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE), Patricio Mora, informed that the truck, driven by the second sergeant of Aviation Marcelo M., and the first corporal of Aviation Carmelo E., entered the facilities of the airport firemen and the vehicle was parked.
At approximately 10:00 p.m., a prosecutor joined the sector together with police officers to arrest them.
Mora described this case as “isolated” and said that all facilities are being given to the Prosecutor’s Office to carry out the investigations and that, within the Force, investigations are also carried out to determine military-type responsibilities that will be sanctioned “with all the rigor “.
The Minister of the Interior, María Paula Romo, said that this operation is part of an investigation in which the Office of the Prosecutor takes months and that the clear message that is to be given is that in the Public Force there is no esprit de corps, nor impunity nor protection for these cases.
“The risk of drug trafficking is this, that infiltrates the institutions and that happens with the institutions that maintain order, the administration of justice, politics. It is the lesson learned from other countries, it is worrying … a threat so serious for the states, “said the Minister of the Interior.
The National Director of Antinarcotics, Carlos Alulema, said that the Prosecutor will continue the investigations to be able to establish other members of that organization and determine how this cargo was to be transported to international markets: Mexico, Central America and the United States.
In addition, the investigation will clarify if they intended to take the cargo by air or sea.
The packages have a logo that will also enter the investigation, to determine its origin and destination.
The two soldiers arrested in the case work a year ago at the Taura Air Base in Guayas, and they are aeronautical firefighters, added the director of the Police Antinarcotics. (I)