Some 378 packages of drugs, weighing half a ton, were seized 20 nautical miles off the coast of Esmeraldas, early this Saturday, August 13.
The alkaloid was transported in the double bottom of an artisanal fishing boat (panga), named Guadalupe.
Police detected a kilo of drugs in a backpack carried by a child, in Esmeraldas
Two boats from the Ecuadorian Navy and an aeromaritime exploration plane intercepted the boat with three citizens on board. As they did not have the documents enabling them to set sail and due to the suspicious attitude of its occupants, they were ordered to return to the port of Esmeraldas.
In the review carried out in the Coast Guard subcommand, the marines and police agents of Antinarcotics found the drug heated, said David Espinoza, captain of Puerto de Esmeraldas.
Most drug blocks have black wrappers with an ID (O = 11) and a star. In addition, ten cans with artisanal gasoline and a navigation GPS were found.
This anti-drug operation, called Zeus, was carried out in coordination with the Colombian Navy and the police unit for the Fight Against Organized Crime (ULCO).
The three arrested are Ecuadorians and identified as Jordán MM, Euclides LL, and Juan CB, they do not have a criminal record. It is verified if the boat left the coast of Esmeraldas or another jurisdiction, said Pablo Ramos, police chief of subzone 8.
This alkaloid is worth $10 million on the illegal market in the United States and about $22 million in Europe.
In Esmeraldas, eleven members of the same family were arrested for drug micro-trafficking
Between January and the first week of this month, 3.2 tons of drugs of all kinds were seized in the province of Esmeraldas, of which 50% was on the high seas.
The evidence and the detainees were handed over to the Prosecutor’s Office and authorities for prosecution. (YO)