Ecuador has Seized 24 Tons of Drugs since January 2012

By Dialogo
August 22, 2012

Ecuador has seized about 24 tons of drugs since Jan. 2012, through operations that have left about 2,000 people arrested, said the national director of the Ecuadorian Anti-narcotics Police, General Juan Barragán.

“So far this year, we have seized about 24 tons of various drugs in the country,” the official told Radio Quito, adding that police also managed to dismantle a “high number” of criminal organizations at different levels.

Barragán noted that the confiscated drugs, included 8.4 tons of marijuana and cocaine paste intended for the “local market”.

“Already 2,000 people have been detained and 2,440 operations were conducted with good results”, said the anti-narcotics chief.

In Ecuador, drug seizures reached 26 tons in 2011, compared with 18 tons in 2010 and a record 68 tons in 2009.

On July 25, President Rafael Correa said his country was implementing mechanisms to prevent infiltration of international drug trafficking organizations.

“We are taking every measure to prevent the infiltration of international cartels in Ecuador”, said the president, stressing that “throughout the Andean region, Ecuador is the only country that does not produce coca.”