Ecuadorean Police Seize 437 kg of Cocaine Destined for Belgium

By Dialogo
September 06, 2012

The Ecuadorean Police seized about 437 kg of cocaine that were destined to be transported to a Belgium port, said Wladimir León, the head of Antinarcotics in the coastal province of Guayas (southwest), on September 4.

The drugs were camouflaged in iron pipes whose interior had been placed with “in a very technical way,” pointed out the official, adding that the container with the cocaine did not appear to have forged or cloned security seals, to be detected at the port of Guayaquil (capital of Guayas).

The operation produced the arrest of three Ecuadorean citizens, according to Police.

Ecuador has seized 25 tons of drugs so far in 2012, including 8.4 tons of marijuana and cocaine base destined for the “local market”, through operations that caused some 2,000 arrests, according to police reports.

The seizures of drugs in the country reached 26 tons in 2011, compared with 18 tons in 2010 and a record 68 tons in 2009.