LatAm Governed by Crime: The Links Between Politics & Org Crime

  • Written by Catalina Uribe Burcher*
  • Thursday, 10 April 2014
Cesar Fernandez, disgraced ex-governor of ManabiCesar Fernandez, disgraced ex-governor of Manabi


Yet another scandal flooded the pages of newspapers in Ecuador in 2012 and 2013: the former governor of Manabi, Cesar Fernandez, was caught trying to smuggle drugs — and not for the first time. Fernandez had only just been released from prison following a 2003 conviction on the same charges, that time using his connections in the port of Manta, nearby a US military base, to transport drugs for the Sinaloa and Cali cartels.

This is not a one off case, nor is it exclusive to Ecuador.

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