This Tuesday, in towns near the port city of Guayaquil eight tons of cocaine were seized by anti-narcotics agents in collaboration with their counterparts in the European Union, this figure is the highest of the year and the second highest in the history of Ecuador.
At the end of the police intervention in #Guayas, we counted 8 TONS 187 kg of cocaine that were destined for the international market.
– Police Ecuador (@PoliciaEcuador)
January 18, 2022
The governor of Guayas, Pablo Arosemena stated in a press conference that the drug was destined for Europe; The operation was carried out in the towns of Isidro Ayora and Salitre, but it was in the latter that they were stored. more than seven tons of cocaine ready to be exported.
General Fausto Buenaño reported that four people were arrested, three Ecuadorians and a Colombian who were identified as alleged perpetrators of drug trafficking, General Buenaño described the crime as “an umbrella to commit crimes such as contract killings and the violent deaths that have been taking place throughout the country.”
What was the largest seizure of cocaine?
The largest drug seizure ever made in Ecuador was carried out when the police seized nine tons of cocaine Just in August of last year.
In 2021, Ecuador closed with a record capturing narcotics with 201 tons, almost double the 128 tons reported in 2020 and nearly triple the 79 tons seized in 2019.
Ecuador is a country frequently used by Colombian, Peruvian and Mexican drug cartels for the transit and export of cocaine to the United States and Europe.