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Sentenced To Twelve Years For International Drug Trafficking

Drug Trafficking
Cocaine Bust In Panama
Cocaine Bust In Panama
The First Criminal Circuit Court declared Adolfo Sánchez Rodríguez criminally responsible for international drug trafficking and sentenced him to 12 years in prison. The First Anti Drug Prosecutor demonstrated Sánchez was the person who prepared the documentation of the illicit cargo, and he was implicated by the co-defendant Luis González Castro. The co-defendant said Sánchez was the person who called him to pickup the cargo which later turned out to be drugs. He said when he picked up the cargo, it was already packed and he was not allowed to check the load in the company where they worked. Sanchez denied he was the client of the air "courier" service company through which he pretended to send the drugs. The incident occurred on 12 November 2008, when police units and the Investigation Department of Customs searched a warehouse for air cargo shipments at the Tocumen Air Terminal and found 68 packages of cocaine that would have been sent to Holland. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: Have you ever noticed in Panama that you always see news stories about drug busts, but then there's relatively little follow-up later about whatever happened in those cases? I picked up on this story because it's the closing of the loop for a story that started back in November 2008, about three and a half years ago. That's how long it typically takes for a criminal case to slowly wind it's way through the legal and judicial system here. It takes forever. And that's also why most of the people who are sitting in Panama's prisons have not yet been convicted. They were caught, arrested, and charged - and now they are awaiting trial. There are literally thousands of people in this condition. Panama is slowly changing over the "accusatory" system, more like the US style of doing things, which will speed the processes up considerably.

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