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Dominicans and Ecuadorians detained in operations against drug trafficking in Ecuador

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Dominicans and Ecuadorians detained in operations against drug trafficking in Ecuador

Ecuadorian Police Arrest Eight People Involved in Drug Trafficking Operations

Quito.- The Ecuadorian police arrested eight individuals, including Ecuadorians and Dominicans, allegedly linked to drug trafficking cases during operations conducted in five provinces of the Andean nation.

The detainees in the first case have been identified as José A., Miguel S., Germán F., Miguel C., Climaco O., Jordy G., and Miguel O. The operation took place in the provinces of Pichincha, Guayas, Carchi, and Loja.

During the raids, law enforcement officials discovered 20 kilograms of drugs, three firearms, cartridges, electronic devices, a vehicle, and cash.

In the ‘Gran Fénix 26 Venice’ operation, carried out in 11 raids, individuals of Ecuadorian and Dominican nationality were detained. Additionally, in a separate operation in the coastal province of Manabí, a man with a record of robbery, Jean Pierre Z., was apprehended.

The anti-drug operation “Fénix 155” targeted a narco-criminal cell operating in the area, leading to the arrest of a suspect found in possession of 240 packages of cocaine. This seizure prevented nearly 2.8 million doses of drugs from entering the illicit market.

With Colombia and Peru being major cocaine producers and Ecuador serving as a strategic route for drug trafficking to Europe and North America, the country has seen a significant increase in drug-related crimes in recent years. Ecuador ranks as the third country in the world for drug seizures, following Colombia and the United States, with approximately 200 tons of narcotics confiscated annually for the past three years.

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