Congress member Kenji Fujimori has received the highest number of votes in Peru’s election despite being implicated in major drug trafficking scandals.
According to CPI exit polls, over 500,000 Peruvians voted for the younger brother of presidential front-runner Keiko Fujimori.
As the most popular member, Fujimori will become the next president of Congress, raising concern over the presence of narco-candidates in Peru’s political system.
Over the past 10 years, Fujimori has been linked to various drug trafficking cases – both directly and through his associates.
In 2013, 100 kilograms of cocaine were discovered in a warehouse co-owned by the congressman. Fujimori denied all involvement, blaming the shipping company responsible for the delivery.
In 2006, Fujimori’s key financial backers Jose Antonio Begazo Bedoya and Marco Antonio Ynaba Reyna were on the security team of Logistica Integral del Callao S.A. or LICSA, a shipping company implicated in the discovery of 513 kilos of cocaine in Valencia, Spain.
The same company was responsible for packing a shipping container, later found with 1,396 kilos of cocaine in Manzanillo, Mexico.
The latest figures from the United Nations rank Peru as the world's second largest producer of cocaine, second only to Colombia.