The Ecuadorean Navy seized 626 kg of marijuana during a patrol in the region of the Colombian border, Marcos Cáceres, the commander of the military battalion in northwestern San Lorenzo, announced on February 23.
The drugs were found in the San Rosa Island sector, located off the province of Esmeraldas (on the border with Colombia), the officer stated. “This seizure makes it possible to take out of circulation drugs that could be sold in the form of 300,000 hits,” Cáceres added.
Last week, the police reported the confiscation, in a residence in the Andean city of Cayambe, of around 1.5 tons of marijuana brought from Colombia, in an operation in which they also arrested a Colombian citizen.
Around 2.3 tons of cocaine have been seized by Ecuador so far in 2012, compared to 26 tons of drugs in 2011, 18 tons in 2010, and a record of 68 tons (64 of them cocaine) in 2009, according to the police.