The prosecutor’s workplace in Ecuador announced Sunday that it’s investigating the alleged escape of Adolfo Macías Villamar, generally known as “Fito,” the infamous chief of Los Choneros, a gang believed to be liable for a number of lethal jail riots prior to now few months.
The announcement got here hours after the Commander of the Ecuadorian police pressure, César Zapata, revealed at a press convention that authorities had seen a lacking prisoner at La Regional jail in Guayaquil. He was reticent to provide additional particulars in regards to the prisoner or if he had escaped. Whereas a governmental spokesperson confirmed that hundreds of officers had been deployed as a part of a large manhunt, additional info was being withheld.
Fito has been imprisoned since 2011 after a sentence of 34 years in jail for drug trafficking, organized crime and murder. In 2020, he grew to become the chief of the Los Choneros jail gang, infamous for drug trafficking and extortion, which wields substantial energy and affect throughout the Ecuadorian jail system regardless of quite a few members being incarcerated. He ascended to the management after the homicide of the previous head, Jorge Luis Zambrano González. He beforehand escaped custody in 2013, fleeing a most safety jail alongside 17 different inmates and remaining at massive for a number of months.
Ecuador has skilled growing violence since 2020, attributed to numerous components, together with financial instability from the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to drug trafficking and the affect of cartels and gangs. A presidential candidate, who was vocal in his condemnation of systemic corruption, was assassinated in August, and the UN voiced concerns in regards to the wave of assaults on justice officers shortly after.