Police Seize Cocaine and Marijuana in Ecuador
By Dialogo September 24, 2012On September 20, Ecuador’s Police reported they seized cocaine and marijuana during two operations carried out in Pacific coast towns.
In the first operation, agents seized 149.7 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride in Naranjal (province of Guayas, southeast), local Police Chief Luis Herrera told the press.
The officer stated that the substance was hidden inside the floor of a van and authorities arrested two women that were traveling in the vehicle. He indicated that the cargo is valued at $4 million in the international market.
During the second operation, in the city of Portoviejo (capital of Manabí province, west), authorities arrested a man and confiscated 219.5 kilos of marihuana in a house.
So far in 2012, Ecuador has seized about 26 tons of drugs, including over nine tons of marihuana and cocaine paste, through actions that resulted in the arrest of 2,000 criminals.