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Ex-cop implicated in trafficking of 185 tortoises in Galapagos is released because his “future is uncertain” in Ecuador’s prisons

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Specialized Criminal Court of the Provincial Court of Justice of Guayas ordered the release of Nixon Alejandro P. D., former police officer sentenced to three years in prison and the payment of US$639,100 for the crime of trafficking 185 tortoises on March 28, 2021 in Galapagos.

The baby chelonians were found packed with plastic inside a suitcase that the policeman tried to send to Guayaquil through the Santa Cruz airport.

The Court accepted the appeal presented by the criminal, indicating that the "prognosis of his future", taking into account the prison reality of . . .

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