Ecuadorian police seized 2.4 tons of cocaine in a container of bananas on Sunday that was going to be sent from one of the ports of Guayaquil (southwest) to Belgium, the Interior Ministry announced. “Two tons four -one hundred and fifty-eight kilograms of cocaine were seized,” the ministry wrote on its Twitter account. Police found 2,461 packets of cocaine hidden among the cargo of bananas – one of the country’s main export products – while inspecting a container and one person was arrested. Ecuador seized in 2021 the record quantity of 210 tons of drugs, mainly cocaine, and an already confiscated more than 70 tons since the beginning of the year. Formerly a transit or storage country, Ecuador, located between Colombia and Peru, the main producers of cocaine, is now faced with large-scale trafficking via its ports on the Pacific and to retail cocaine in a growing domestic market. (Belgian)
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