Parliamentary counsel responds to drug trafficking

A Santa Cruz House Parliamentary Counsel responds in court for his alleged involvement in drug trafficking. The indictment came in August last year, after a civilian police investigation, but there is still no conviction. The defense denies the allegations

The servant in question, Janaína Poletto Kern, has worked in the Chamber since 2017. The investigation pointed out that she would be a member of a criminal group led by two inmates of the regional prison. The investigation began on May 17 of last year, and the following month three search warrants were served – one of them at the councilman’s apartment in downtown Santa Cruz, where a small amount of cocaine was seized.

“At the time, we served search and seizure warrants for a homicide in the Arroio Grande neighborhood. We found out who the two main people involved in the murder were. However, after analyzing the evidence obtained, in a parallel investigation to investigate the criminal cell involved in the drug trafficking crimes, we identified that this investigation provided assistance and helped these two in the distribution narcotics”, commented the delegate Alessander Zucuni Garcia. , holder of the 2nd police station, who was in charge of the investigation. Janaína was indicted on August 4, 2021 for drug trafficking and association of traffickers.

In a note sent this Tuesday 25 to Southern Gazettecriminal lawyer Gustavo Bretana, who represents the councillor, said any protest at this time is “absolutely reckless”, since “the legal process does not even have a conclusion forecast, and innocence is presumed”.
According to Bretana, the servant is “absolutely innocent” and “unrelated to the commission of any lawful act”. The attorney also said he believes the process will lead to “clarification of the facts and respective acquittal.” “The adversarial allegation is unfounded and devoid of any judicial evidence capable of demonstrating participation”, specifies the text.

Also in a note, the president of the city council, Rodrigo Rabuske (PTB), said he became aware of the situation on Tuesday. “We specify that the parliamentary advisers are indications of the respective offices and the adviser who appointed this server understood to keep him in his council, considering that the process is still ongoing, without a final decision”, he explained.

Rabuske also indicated that “the constitutional principles of the presumption of innocence, full defense and adversarial proceedings” must be respected and that the employee’s functional situation “will be assessed in the event of conviction, with final judgment”.

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