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Ecuadorian authorities find 1.5 tons of cocaine in banana shipment

Ecuadorian officials seized 1.5 tons of cocaine meant for New Zealand from a warehouse in Guayas province. The warehouse was located near a highway in Guayas province, home to Ecuador's main port, Guayaquil. The drugs were supposed to be sent to New Zealand hidden in a banana shipment, the officials said.

Ecuador faces a severe drug trafficking problem, which has only grown over the recent years. Before, international criminal gangs used the country as a middle point for cocaine shipments from Peru and Colombia, but now, small laboratories started to pop up in the north of Ecuador.

In 2021, Ecuadorian authorities, with the support of the United States, have seized record 146 tons of cocaine, compared to 120 tons a year prior, and 79 tons in 2019.

Source: sputniknews.com


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