The Police carried out multiple operations that made it possible to seize different types of drugs
Yalilé LoaizaFrom Quito
The drugs seized in the country's ports were hidden in export containers. (National Police/Archive).
In 48 hours, the Ecuadorian Policeseized more than a ton of drugs destined for Europe and the United States. The drug in Ecuador is valued at USD 31 million, but abroad its cost amounts to USD 120 million.
In statements to the local press, Colonel Yuri Narváez< /b>, deputy National Director of Anti-Drug Investigation, indicated that the seizure of these substances was achieved thanks to the results of several operations carried out in different cities of the Andes and the Ecuadorian coast.
This week , the National Anti-Drug Investigation Unit alerted the presence of a suspicious plane flying in Ecuadorian airspace.
Given the warning, the Armed Forces of Ecuador and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States undertook coordinated actions that resulted in the detention of the aircraft seen in Ecuador in the state of Durango, in Mexico.
Ecuador alerted about the presence of a suspicious plane. The DEA and the Armed Forces launched an operation that allowed the capture of the aircraft in Mexico.
The plane contained 309 kilos of cocaine, valued at USD 10.9 million . The authorities detained the pilot and three vehicles that would be used to transport the drugs.
The Police also made seizures in the seaports of Guayaquil, considered the logistics hub of drug shipments from Latin America to Europe and the United States, and from Machala, in the south of the country.
In both ports, the Police found several packages with cocaine hydrochloride hidden in two banana containers.
In the port of Guayaquil, the authorities detected 1,356 packages of cocaine, equivalent to 1.3 tons and 13 million doses. The container where the drugs were hidden was destined for the Netherlands. According to the authorities, this shipment is valued at USD 2.8 million, but in Europe it can cost up to USD 100 million.
The anti-drug operations allowed the seizure of illegal substances hidden in containers. (National Police).
As part of the operations carried out by the National Police, 19 people, who would be members of a criminal gang dedicated to drug trafficking for internal consumption, were arrested.
The suspects also committed crimes of robbery, illegal possession of weapons and kidnapping.
According to the authorities, the drug was stored, packaged and then distributed from the Portete and Florida and from Samborondón, located in Guayaquil.
Seven of the detainees were caught in flagrante delicto and 12 after an investigation. The police confiscated 137 grams of cocaine, 358 grams of marijuana, several cell phones, and more than USD 3,100 in cash.
In the first 13 days of November, the Ecuadorian Police have confiscated 173 tons of drugs. Exceeding by five tons the amount seized the previous year in the same period.
The Salvadoran Navy learned from traffickers and the president of that country announced the news. (Nayib Bukele)
Among the operations is the one that took place in Imbabura, 113 kilometers north of Quito. The operation was named Eclipse 2. Police searched a vehicle and found 56 kilos of marijuana inside, distributed in 61 packages. This amount is equivalent to 112,000 doses, according to the authorities. The driver of the vehicle was arrested.
who was carrying 28 packages with 106 kilos of marijuana. Narváez indicated that this drug was intended to be sent abroad because of the way it was packaged.
This week, the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, reported that the Navy of his country intercepted a vessel and seized 3.1 tons of drugs that were transporting three Ecuadorians in the waters of the Central American country.
According to the Salvadoran president, this is the largest seizure ever carried out by his administration so far in 2022. According to Bukele, this discovery was made 470 nautical miles from the port of Acajutla, located in the province of Sonsonate, 83 km by road from San Salvador, the capital of the Central American country.