Juan Francisco “Francés” Viarnes, one of the protagonists of the Narcoescándalo, regained his freedom after being sentenced to 5 years and 8 months in prison for the cause of counterfeit dollars.
Jorge Perano, Viarnes’s defense attorney, explained that his release is due to the fact that the sentence, handed down in April of this year, contemplates the years he was detained in Paraguay.
Viarnes was an illegal informer for the Córdoba Police and was arrested in 2013 in the framework of the Narcoescándalo case. The cause had begun in another cause, that of the false dollars. In the trial, he ended up providing information that convicted five members of Dangerous Drugs from the province of Córdoba for various crimes.
In 2015, “El Francés” disappeared from the radar of the Argentine Justice and fled to Paraguay where he used a false identity, married and illegally practiced medicine. Viarnes was arrested in the neighboring country for carrying false documentation and sentenced to one year in prison in 2016.
According to Paraguayan justice, he also practiced medicine illegally. From 2017 to 2021, the Argentine Foreign Ministry and the Federal Justice were processing his extradition. Matter that was defined at the end of March 2021.