El Salvador will use goods, money, values, ​​and assets seized from organized crime structures to continue fighting them

With 63 votes, the Legislative Assembly approved the Special Law for the Disposal and Use of Property, Money, Securities, and Assets Seized from Organized Crime, Terrorism, and Drug Trafficking Structures.

«This day we will give a certain blow to the finances and assets of the gangs. We know the great work of the Ministry of Justice, together with the Ministry of Defense. They are capturing gang members and, with this, they are seizing vehicles, cash, and real estate that have been controlled by the gangs» — Congressman Caleb Navarro.

Confiscations made that are in the custody of the Attorney General’s Office (FGR), the National Civil Police (PNC), or the courts may be used to reinforce security tasks.

Deputy Navarro stressed that this special law provides more tools to institutions to continue fighting organized crime, drug trafficking, and terrorist structures that have kept the population in anxiety.

The new regulations will allow seized property, firearms, valuables, and assets to be transferred by the PNC, with documentation, to the National Council for the Administration of Assets (CONAB), which will be the competent body to issue an agreement for the disposal and use of the assets. confiscated.

Likewise, the PNC will make available to CONAB the list of vehicles it has in its custody that have not been claimed for more than a year. Said institution is also empowered to proceed with the sale or destruction of automotive parts, means of transport, or expired or deteriorated merchandise with more than a year in police custody, whether or not they are on the order of a judge, since the safeguarding of these represents a cost to the State.

«With the same money that caused the population to mourn, with that same money, they will have to answer to justice» — said the deputy of Nuevas Ideas, Alexia Rivas.

The parliamentarian explained that only in 2019, $3.5 million was seized from the gangs, and in 2020, $10 million was seized as a result of extortion from carriers.