Ecuador's Choneros To Fragment Further After Ex-Leader's Murder
Roldán was found shot dead on May 6 near the town of Fredonia in the Colombian department of Antioquia, Ecuador’s Interior Minister Juan Zapata confirmed on May 8. While the…
‘Clan Farruku’ Arrests Highlight Albanians’ Latin America Cocaine Connections
Clan Farruku, an Albanian crime group, was recently dismantled in Ecuador after receiving over ten tons of cocaine from Latin America.
Ecuador Gang Massacre Highlights Intensified Fight for Drug Routes
The Tiguerones gang is thought to be behind the massacre in Esmeraldas, as they battle for control of international drug trafficking routes.
Ecuador’s geographic location and other environmental characteristics have long provided incentives for transnational organized crime groups to exploit the country as a drug transshipment point and a logistical safe haven. Ecuador’s diverse transnational criminal landscape, dominated mainly by Colombian criminal and guerrilla groups as well as Mexican cartels, has led some to describe it as the “United Nations” of organized crime. Once considered one of the most insecure countries in the region, Ecuador has succeeded in tackling certain manifestations of violence in recent years. But drug trafficking through the country is on the rise, paving the way for possible growing insecurity further down the road.Read Article
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