All About Ecuador

ECUADOR / 7 OCT 2013

A new study from the Americas regional police association Ameripol explores the shifting dynamics of the global drug trade, as new trafficking routes and criminal networks emerge to meet the…

ECUADOR / 3 SEP 2013

Authorities in Ecuador are investigating whether two partially dismantled networks of loan sharks -- one with Colombian members -- are also involved in hired assassination, a structure that would bear…

ECUADOR / 29 AUG 2013

Authorities in Ecuador have made the second four ton cocaine seizure in two weeks in Guayaquil, highlighting the importance of the port city to international drug trafficking and raising questions…

COLOMBIA / 21 AUG 2013

Ecuador has captured one of the principal leaders of the Rastrojos, in another blow to the fragmented remnants of what was once Colombia's leading drug trafficking organization.

ECUADOR / 9 AUG 2013

The Ecuadorean army engaged a Colombian "irregular group," most likely FARC rebels, in a pitched battle that resulted in the deaths of an Ecuadorean officer and five Colombians, again showing…

COLOMBIA / 5 AUG 2013

Ecuadorean authorities confiscated $3 million in smuggled goods during the first six months of 2013 at a new checkpoint on the border with Colombia, yet unofficial border crossings continue to…

CONTRABAND / 22 JUL 2013

At least $50,000 worth of contraband gasoline is crossing from Ecuador into Peru each day, according to police, as subsidized fuel makes smuggling big business in different parts of…

ECUADOR / 15 JUL 2013

Authorities have destroyed 188,000 poppy plants in rural Ecuador, providing another indication that heroin's primary material is increasingly being cultivated in the Andean nation.

ECUADOR / 5 JUL 2013

Authorities in Ecuador and Venezuela are investigating companies suspected of using the countries' shared virtual currency to launder money, highlighting how greater economic integration can be exploited for criminal purposes.

ECUADOR / 4 JUL 2013

Over 18,000 citizens reportedly legally participate in community police units in Ecuador, a number that continues to grow, reflecting a regional trend indicative of state failure to provide security to…

ECUADOR / 12 JUN 2013

Ecuador's Foreign Minister claimed there are no members of Colombia's guerrilla group FARC operating in its territory, an assertion that stands in stark contrast to a raft of evidence and…

ECUADOR / 11 JUN 2013

A former army captain of Ecuador, accused of running a major drug trafficking network with links to Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, has been captured.

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