Ecuadorian police officials have seized more than three tons of cocaine in banana containers at one of the Central American country's ports as part of ongoing efforts to fight the drug trade.
The Ecuadorian police's official Twitter account reported the drugs bust on Friday and shared a video of officers and what appeared to be police sniffer dogs with the drugs haul.
The country's authorities have been engaged in stringent efforts to tackle drug trafficking and seized 210 tons of drugs -a record amount- over the course of 2021.
"We seized more than 3 tons of alkaloids, at the entrance to one of the seaports of #GYE," the Ecuadorian National Police (PNE) tweeted. GYE refers to the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil, which is the second largest city in the nation and Ecuador's main port. It is also the capital of the province of Guayas.
The drugs were found inside banana boxes at the port city and this is not the first time that Ecuadorian authorities have made drugs seizures in shipping containers sometimes meant for storing bananas.