Ecuador Seizes 1.5 Tons of Marihuana

Ecuador Seizes 1.5 Tons of Marihuana

By Dialogo
April 19, 2013

A stash of 1.5 tons of marihuana was seized at the Ecuadorean port of Guayaquil, the Ecuadorean Ministry of Interior reported on April 17.

“The fight against micro-trafficking and internal [drug] consumption continues; 1.5 tons of marihuana were seized in Guayaquil,” the ministry stated via Twitter.

Chief of Police General Rodrigo Suárez, said that authorities would give further details about the operation carried out on April 16, and described the seizure it as a “considerable quantity of marihuana that we believe is not for internal consumption.”

The officer told the public TV station Gama TV that counter drug units have strengthened their work against micro-trafficking of drugs.

On April 15, Minister of Interior José Serrano said that Ecuador seized about five tons of drugs in 2013, including two tons from micro-trafficking.

“About two tons of drugs from micro-trafficking have been seized, compared to the three tons from international trafficking,” the official said.

Ecuador, a country traditionally considered as a transit country of drugs destined to the United States and Europe, confiscated about 42 tons of drugs in 2012, mainly cocaine, compared to 26 tons in 2011 and 18 tons in 2010. In 2009, a record amount of 68 tons were seized.