HomeNewsBriefTwo Ton Seizure Shows Peru Cocaine Moving Through Ecuador
BRIEF

Two Ton Seizure Shows Peru Cocaine Moving Through Ecuador

ECUADOR / 21 NOV 2013 BY NATALIE SOUTHWICK EN

Authorities in Ecuador have seized two tons of cocaine near the border with Peru, suggesting the country's growing role as a drug transit point for traffickers moving Peruvian as well as Colombian cocaine.

On November 20, police in Pasaje, in the border province of El Oro, seized two tons of cocaine and arrested five people, reported Hoy. According to Minister of the Interior Jose Serrano, who announced the seizure on his Twitter account, authorities found $160,000 cash along with the drugs.

The seizure, part of "Operation Halcon," (Falcon) brings the total quantity of drugs seized this year in Ecuador to 53 tons, according to Serrano. That number continues the trend of increasing drug seizures in Ecuador, which rose from 18 tons in 2010 to 42 tons in 2012, reported El Comercio.

InSight Crime Analysis

The El Oro seizure is the latest capture of multiple ton shipments of drugs in Ecuador, which has become a major transshipment point for drugs being trafficked to Europe, the US and other major markets.  Ecuador could soon rival Venezuela as one of the primary South American drug dispatch points.

Transnational organized crime groups, particularly the Colombian Rastrojos and Urabeños, as well as Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, have traditionally controlled trafficking routes through Ecuador. Given the size of the El Oro shipment, it is likely linked to one of these major groups. However, El Oro is far from normal Colombian operations, which are based in the northern part of the country near the border, and commonly use the port of Guayaquil.

The discovery of large drug shipments near the southern border suggest a well-established trafficking infrastructure capable of moving drugs from production centers in central Peru, now the world's largest cocaine producer. Colombian brokers manage many of Peru's trafficking routes, while InSight Crime field investigations and the recent discovery of a large-scale export operation also point to a strong Mexican presence in the Piura region, a transshipment point in northwestern Peru.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Tags

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 31 AUG 2012

The capture of a FARC operative who obtained arms for the guerrilla group in Ecuador is the latest sign that…

ECUADOR / 25 MAR 2011

According to a new cable released by WikiLeaks via El Espectador, the government of former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe planned to…

GOLD / 11 FEB 2014

Special security teams tasked with catching contraband gold smuggling will be placed in five airports in Peru, though…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…

THE ORGANIZATION

InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…

THE ORGANIZATION

Informing US State Department and European Union

1 APR 2022

InSight Crime Co-director McDermott briefed the US State Department and other international players on the presence of Colombian guerrillas in Venezuela and the implication this has for both nations.  McDermott…