Ecuadorean Police Seized 13.2 Tons of Drugs in 2011

By Dialogo
October 26, 2011

Between January and October 2011, the Ecuadorean Police seized around 13.2 tons of drugs, chiefly cocaine, in the country’s two most populous provinces, the institution announced on October 24.

The Anti-narcotics Directorate in the coastal province of El Guayas (in southwestern Ecuador) indicated to the press that 11.5 tons of narcotics were seized in that jurisdiction, compared to 7.3 tons confiscated during the same period in 2010.

Cocaine represented a majority of the drugs seized in Guayas, the capital of which is the port of Guayaquil, the agency added.

Meanwhile, in the Andean province of Pichincha (the capital of which is Quito), the police seized 1.7 tons from January to October 2011 (including 926 kg of cocaine, 715 kg of marijuana, and 25 kg of heroin), Captain Miguel Egas of the local anti-narcotics division told AFP.

Those detained in Pichincha included 120 foreigners, Colombians and Cubans among them, the officer added.

In July, the Police reported that 11.3 tons of drugs, chiefly cocaine, were seized in Ecuador during the first half of the year, 10 percent more than the amount confiscated during the same period in 2010.

Ecuador seized a record 68 tons of drugs (64 tons of cocaine) in 2009 and 18 tons in 2010, according to the agency.