The Minister of Security of Santa Fe, Jorge Lagna, requested the resignation of the deputy chief of Police from the province. The decision was announced this Thursday afternoon, hours after the search of the house of Ariel Zancocchia for a case about irregularities in the handling of funds for the repair of vehicles of the force.
Official sources specified that the raid on Zancocchia’s house was part of a mega-operation in which 19 homes were inspected, most of them in Rosario.
In this regard, they added that the investigation began in 2019 and involves other uniformed, who became available after the mega-operation requested by prosecutors Matías Edery and Luis Schiappa Pietra.
Zancocchia resides in Zavalla, a town located 15 kilometers west of the Cradle of the Flag. One of the key antecedents in relation to the investigation is a inspection carried out at the beginning of last year by the Police Control Agency (ACP). For this reason, those who then worked as a qualified person and head of the Regional Unit II workshops are under suspicion.
The deputy director of the Force appeared before the former Directorate of Internal Affairs of the Ministry of Security at noon. At that time, he was notified of the investigation conducted by the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MPA) and his cell phone was hijacked as part of the measures requested by the Organized Crime Agency.
The commissioner was appointed to his current position in September to second Emilce Chimenti, although his possible link to the case refers to a previous charge. His appointment was the latest chapter in the conflict between the then Minister of Security, Marcelo Sain, and Víctor Sarnaglia, who resigned as head of the Santa Fe Police after being mentioned in a case about corruption and underground gambling.
Víctor Sarnaglia, a former Santa Fe Police Chief, resigned in August last year after being mentioned in a corruption and clandestine gambling case.
Judicial sources detailed that the procedure that initiated the investigation by which Zancocchia was raided was carried out on February 4, 2020 on Tarragona 790 bis, in the northwest of the city. There the North Ramp Command Base, where the patrollers of the Radioelectric Command are usually sent for repair.
The ACP inspection revealed several irregularities. On the one hand they detected that they were fixing private vehicles and others who belonged to the Police but were not from the Radioelectric Command. On the premises there were auto parts thrown away and mobile that had been dismantled.
When they went to review the books, the researchers noticed that there were “contradictions in the registration of the state “of the units that had been sent to the “Tarragona Workshop”, as it is usually demonized. Added to that was the carelessness, the lack of conservation and the control of the corresponding pieces.
The first hypothesis that emerged after the operation is that the uniformed men involved were behind the businesses where the Police bought the spare parts. Hence, four commercial premises were also raided, including two dedicated to providing mechanical services.
According to the evidence collected so far, the illegal maneuvers included the reselling auto parts to individuals and the load of fuel to patrol cars that were out of circulation awaiting repairs. The sum of irregularities implies sums of money “millionaires when he takes them all together, “an official source told the agency Telam.
Rosary beads. Correspondent.