Apparently the three uniformed men had the purpose of marketing the drug packages that they illegally appropriated.
Three members of the National Police were charged by the Attorney General’s Office for keeping a significant amount of cocaine that was seized and had to be destroyed.
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The investigative body recently announced that it was able to identify an illegal network in which members of the National Police and other citizens would have made an agreement to appropriate material that was previously seized.
It is a shipment of cocaine hydrochloride that the authorities seized and the Police had an order to destroy.
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However, instead of complying with the order, the three accused police officers devised a plan so that a part of the cocaine shipment would not be burned and would later be sold.
For these facts, a prosecutor from the Specialized Directorate against Corruption accused the retired patrolman Osley Antonio Triviño Noreña for the crimes of trafficking, manufacturing or possession of narcotics; and ideological falsehood in a private document.
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Likewise, the retired patrolman Hernán Soto Borrero and the mayor (r) Alexander Sánchez Ramírez were charged with the crime of trafficking, manufacturing or carrying narcotics.
The citizens who were part of the corruption network to keep the material were also linked to the process.
The individuals were identified as Juan Ramón Torres Echeverry, owner of the brickyard where the cocaine shipment was to be destroyed, and Pedro José Lozano Fuentes, a local worker. Both are accused of the crime of trafficking, manufacturing or carrying narcotics.
For his part, Efraín Antonio Moreno Sánchez, also a brickyard worker, was accused of ideological falsehood in a private document and favour.
According to the investigation carried out by the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation, on June 8, 2020, two uniformed officers were instructed to burn 987 kilograms of drugs in a brickyard located in San Pedro, Valle del Cauca.
However, instead of executing the order to the letter, the defendants apparently agreed with the owner of the establishment to incinerate the largest number of blocks of cocaine and leave out 97 kilograms to later market them.
According to the evidence collected by the investigative entity, to avoid being discovered, those involved decided to condition the ovens in which the material would be incinerated, in such a way that part of the alkaloid would not burn.
In the videos and photographs that the officials must provide as proof that the procedures are fully executed, as well as in the corresponding minutes that they must deliver about what was done in the procedure, the alleged destruction of the entire shipment of cocaine seized.
Despite the fact that the policemen had everything calculated to avoid being discovered, they did not count on the arrival of a Transit and Transportation patrol from the same institution at the brickyard where the drug had supposedly been burned.
The uniformed personnel from the Transit unit arrived just as the accused police officers were preparing to remove the packages of cocaine that they had appropriated in a vehicle.
To avoid being discovered, the members of the National Police quickly left the place, but left several blocks of the alkaloid that had not been incinerated in the brickyard, as well as a motorcycle. The discovery led to the initiation of an investigation to establish why there was intact drug on the site and that finally caused what happened to be clarified.
It is noteworthy that, despite the probative material provided by the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation, the defendants did not accept the charges; that is, they assured that they are not responsible for what they are accused of.