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article imageEcuador: Priest arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking

By Igor I. Solar     Jan 20, 2014 in Crime
Ibarra - A Catholic priest was arrested in Ecuador on suspicion of being part of a criminal organization that was sending drugs to Europe and the United States. Narcotics police officers seized 74 kilos of cocaine.
Luis Bolivar, a Catholic priest in the city of Ibarra, Imbabura Province in northern Ecuador, was arrested along with five other people, four Ecuadorians and a Colombian national. During the raid, which involved eight houses in four different cities, police seized 74 kilos of cocaine and four vehicles.
The priest has denied being part of the band. However, the prosecution has reported having contradictory evidence. The prosecution presented evidence demonstrating that the priest had been in contact with the owners of the property where the drugs were stored. According to police versions Father Bolivar’s role was in the capacity of “public relations officer” of the band, as well as “responsible for logistics,” reports ElNorte (In Spanish).
Prosecutors said in a statement that the organization had drugs hidden in vehicles for transport to Ecuadorian seaports, whence the drugs were sent to Europe and the United States.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Ibarra, in a statement quoted by newspaper El Universo (in Spanish), said it was aware of the investigation and that it will not interfere in the case involving the priest.
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