Ecuador destroyed some 411,000 poppy plants in a central province, in another indication that heroin production could be on the rise in the Andean country.
Ecuador found a coca plantation miles away from the Colombia border where the crop is usually concentrated, suggesting that production levels may be increasing inside the country.
An assessment by the security forces reportedly says that Ecuador is home to an increasing number of organized criminal groups, and that the authorities have underestimated the problem.
Ecuador's military seized 170 firearms in the south of the country, raising the issue once again of the country's importance as a transit nation for small arms moving to Colombia.
Police in Ecuador have captured a man who allegedly serves as the link between powerful drug cartels in Colombia and Mexico, in a sign that the authorities could be moving…
Ecuador's President Rafeal Correa announced that 12 South African-built Cheetah fighter-bombers would arrive in the country this year.
Ecuador has sent another 10,000 more troops to the border with Colombia, hoping to close down room for maneuver for Colombian rebels and paramilitary groups, which use the country to…