HomeNewsBriefIn Hopeful Sign, Paraguay Fugitive Mayor Arrested
BRIEF

In Hopeful Sign, Paraguay Fugitive Mayor Arrested

INFOGRAPHICS / 5 JAN 2016 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

Paraguay authorities have arrested a fugitive mayor on charges of money laundering, boosting hopes that the government is making progress in the fight against narco-politicians.

On January 3, police arrested Denilso Sánchez Garcete, alias “Chicharõcito,” the youngest of three brothers all under investigation for money laundering, local Paraguayan outlet ABC Color reported

He was held in Capitán Bado, in Amambay state on the Brazilian border, before being transferred to the offices of Paraguay?s anti-drug authority (SENAD) in the country’s capital, Asunción, the news organization said.

Just 32-years old, Chicharõcito was elected as the mayor of Capitán Bado for the right-wing Colorado party on November 15, 2015. He had run his campaign with the slogan — “your vote is worth double” — and in flagrant disregard of an arrest warrant. 

Sánchez is from a notorious political-criminal family. Chicharõcito?s older brother, Carlos Rubén Sánchez, alias “Chicharõ,” was arrested on May 22, 2015. As Insight Crime reported, Chicharõ had served as an alternative congressional representative for Amambay despite a previous conviction for drug trafficking and a warrant for his arrest in Brazil for money laundering. 

Chicharõ and his other brother, Ardonio Sánchez, are now both under house arrest. Chicharõ courted further controversy this week when a photo emerged of him meeting Miss Paraguay at his home.

InSight Crime Analysis

Despite countless setbacks, the arrest of the last of the three Sánchez brothers has renewed hopes that politicians connected to organized crime might finally be brought to justice.

An editorial in the leading news outlet ABC Color said the action should mean: “No more Chicharõs, Chicharõcitos and their narco-political godfathers.” 

(It was an ABC Color Correspondent Pablo Medina who was murdered in 2014, allegedly on orders from Vilmar Acosta, another fugitive mayor and alleged drug trafficker from Canindeyu state, who was extradited to Paraguay from Brazil in November 2015.)

However, there is little confidence that the Paraguayan government can make a long-term impact on drug trafficking in Amambay state simply by removing the three brothers.

Amambay and Canindeyu states both harbor many drug trafficking groups focused on trade into neighboring Brazil and are amongst the most violent areas of Paraguay, a dynamic that seems set to continue with or without the Sánchez brothers. 

A recent report by Ultima Hora cited government figures showing that in 2015, there had been 113 homicides in Amambay. The report stated that 80 percent of these murders had been committed by hired assassins, usually in relation to drug trafficking. (See Ultima Hora chart below)16-01-04-paraguay-homicides-amambay

Compartir icon icon icon

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America's largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

INFOGRAPHICS / 29 NOV 2011

Is Mexico’s drug war spilling into the United States? Two recent cases bring new prominence -- and new confusion --…

BRAZIL / 9 FEB 2021

It was around 5 a.m. when the MSC Gayane cargo freighter docked in the port of Philadelphia on June 17,…

ARGENTINA / 22 JAN 2019

With a worsening crisis in Venezuela, dark days in Nicaragua, an ever more fragile peace process in Colombia, new governments…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

We Have Updated Our Website

4 FEB 2021

Welcome to our new home page. We have revamped the site to create a better display and reader experience.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

BRIEF

InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…