Ecuador Prevents Distribution of More than 12 Tons of Cocaine
By Lorena Baires/Diálogo November 10, 2021
Ecuadorian security forces seized 12,772 kilograms of cocaine in 10 operations conducted October 2-17, 2021. Five of these shipments were inside containers bound for Europe and Asia.
On October 17, the Ecuadorian Police confirmed that they had carried out two operations in the Port of Guayaquil, in Guayas province. In the first one, agents seized 2,070 kg of cocaine in a shipment of cans bound for France. In the second seizure, port authorities found 2,500 kg of cocaine in a container bound for India.
That same day, the Police confirmed seizing 1,500 kg of cocaine on a vessel that was navigating off the coast of the city of San Pablo Manta, Manabí province.
On October 14, during an inspection at the Deepwater Port of Posorja, agents of the Anti-drug Investigation Unit found 567 kg of cocaine in a container with several export products.
Also on October 14, in Calacalí, Pichincha province, the Police seized 453 kg of cocaine. The newspaper El Comercio reported from Ecuador that the shipment came from Colombia in a truck, and was bound for distribution in Guayaquil.
On October 12, in two operations carried out in the Port of Guayaquil, the Police seized 132 kg of cocaine in two containers that were bound for the Netherlands and Antwerp, Belgium.
On October 4, in Guayas province, Police agents confirmed the seizure of 3,000 kg of cocaine on the road to the Santa Clara de Daule canton. The Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo reported that the drug was likely intended for distribution through Guayaquil ports.
On October 2, the Ecuadorian Police reported the seizure in the Port of Guayaquil of 1,000 kg of cocaine, which criminals had hidden in a container bound for Bulgaria. The drug-sniffing dog Zaira detected the shipment.
Also, on October 2, Army Colonel Manuel Gómez Herrera, head of Anti-Drug Investigation of the Ecuadorian Police, confirmed via Twitter the arrest of five criminals, who were transporting 1,500 kg of cocaine in a vessel. The seizure took place with help from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Ecuadorian Navy, and the Colombian Police.