QUITO, – Authorities in Ecuador identified two Mexicans killed in the crash of a plane that was flying without permission from the civil authority and carrying 1.3 million presumably related to drug trafficking, officials said Tuesday.
According to the police report, the plane that crashed Sunday with two victims, Santiago Alfonso Lopez traveled Monzon, 22, and Alfredo Cruz Solis Lopez, 36, along with three dogs and a bag with money.
General Juan Carlos Barragan, head of the police anti-narcotics, told Ecuavisa television network that there was “about 1.3 million dollars in cash, in bills of different denominations, that money is being certified, copied and submitted to the legal process”.
He added that “research will tell which links may have had (the occupants of the plane), what activities came to do, what was your plan in the territory, that is being investigated and related to previous cases or cases in development.”
Meanwhile, Yasmina Zambrano prosecutor noted that “preliminary investigation has started, so everything is confidential.”
Interior Minister Jose Serrano had indicated on Monday that “we presume that the money was to wash or to pay for drugs that would take. No doubt we have a critical issue to use the country as a transit area for drug marketing. “
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation said the plane had no flight permits.
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