The labor carried by the Office of the Attorney General to guarantee that its public servants act with legality and transparency, allowed to identify and judicially take actions in the irregular situation that occurred in the Immediate Reaction Unit (Unidad de Reacción Inmediata-URI in Spanish) of neighborhood Crespo, in Cartagena (Bolívar).
On December 14, 2017, judicial police members found that 24 packages of cocaine hydrochloride were taken away from the judicial headquarters that belonged to a 104-kilogram shipment that had been seized days before in the city.
The investigations carried out by a prosecutor from the Special Directorate against Drug Trafficking found that Rubén Darío Cantillo Fernández, an investigator of the Technical Investigative Corps CTI, was responsible for the events. With testimonies and other evidence, it was shown that, without having the competence or authorization, he entered the warehouse where the drug was stored and he took the 24 blocks of cocaine. Some were found in another legal proceeding that was carried out against a drug dealer.
A Special criminal judge from Cartagena approved the evidence presented by the Office of the Attorney General and sentenced Cantillo Fernández to 21 years and 10 months in prison for aggravated drug trafficking, manufacture or possession of drugs; and embezzlement. Moreover, the defendant was ordered to pay a fine of 2,668 monthly minimum wages and disbarred from the practice of law and public functions for 20 years.
The Office of the Attorney General makes this information public for reasons of general interest.