Abandoned Aircraft in Ecuador Allegedly Linked to Mexican Drug Traffickers

By Dialogo
January 30, 2013

A light airplane allegedly linked to Mexican drug traffickers was abandoned on a coastal area in Ecuador, where last year three other aircrafts linked to drug trafficking were found, Ecuadorean authorities informed on January 28.

The aircraft “was presumably slated to be used for transporting drugs,” Minister of Interior José Serrano stated in his Twitter account.

The Ministry said that “evidence coming from Mexico, specifically from Sinaloa, was found inside the plane,” such as egg boxes from a company out of Mexico.

“The aircraft’s license plate is altered, so that it appears to be an Ecuadorean plane. However, technicians are verifying its origin,” Manuel Espinoza, prosecutor in charge, told the press.

On November 19, 2012, the Ecuadorean Police had seized 576.6 kg of cocaine and an aircraft in the coastal town of Santa Elena (southwest).

Meanwhile, on May 13, 2012, a similar aircraft with Mexican registration crashed against a hill in the town of Pedernales, province of Manabí (west), killing its two Mexican occupants. Inside the plane, $1.3 million was found, which would be aimed at drug trafficking operations, according to Serrano.

Similarly, the Ecuadorean Air Force detected another Mexican-flagged private light aircraft in early June last year.