In six months of this year, the Anti-narcotics Police of Ecuador seized 4.7 tons of narcotic substances in the maritime terminal of Guayaquil. The last large cache of cocaine hydrochloride (1,289 kilos) discovered in the Maritime Port of Guayaquil was aimed at six different narco-licit organizations in Europe. This is determined by the logos printed on the wrappings of the drug blocks, according to the investigators of the Anti – Narcotics Unit of Zone 8. “We found that the cocaine bricks had in their wrappers the number 100, the brand of a car, the figure of a bottle of liquor and three more names, for which we presume that the load was directed to different narco-licit organizations,” he said.
One of the agents of the Research Unit in Ports and Airports ( UIPA ) of the Anti-drug Police. Prosecutor Patricio Pineda, who acted in the discovery operation of the alkaloid last Sunday, reported that the container that had as destination the port of Antwerp, in Belgium, was chosen after the analysis of risk profiles. In these circumstances, the Anti-Narcotics Police requested his presence and broke the seals of the refrigerated container that was about to be shipped on a ship with the aforementioned destination. The referral sheet indicated that the load consisted of shrimp, among which the UIPA investigators found the blocks of the prohibited substance.
Immediately, the police raided the offices of the company exporting shrimp and agricultural products responsible for the contaminated cargo, where they proceeded to the arrest of four suspects. The names of the detainees were included in the documents processing the export of the crustacean to Europe. Prosecutor Pineda argued that the suspects were prosecuted as stipulated in Article 220, number 1 of the Organic Comprehensive Criminal Code (COIP), which sanctions the illicit trafficking of scheduled substances subject to large-scale control with a prison sentence of 10 and 13 years.
The hearing to formulate charges was made in the Albán Borja Judicial Unit, where the judge on duty gave way to the fiscal instruction that will last 30 days. A second container of the same company will be subject to review. This year, in six months, the police seized 4.9 tons of drugs in the port of Guayaquil. This is the second large-scale shipment that the drug trade tried to take out of the country in less than 24 hours. Major Julio Guerrón Sanmartín, Chief of Operations of the Anti-Narcotics Unit of Zone 8, explained that the discovery of the drug cache was achieved “thanks” to confidential information. The informant revealed that a container of canned tuna was contaminated with 518 packets of cocaine, of which nine contained wood, sodium and soap. This cargo was also destined for Belgium through the ship MSC Vadisha.
The Prosecutor’s Office accused four drug dealers Ecuadorian and Colombian Patricia C. G. Tito, alias “Cachaco” Darlinton G., alias “Costeño” and Eliana H. were accused by the prosecution of committing the crime of organized crime. At the arraignment hearing , after the execution of a police operation , the judge of Criminal Guarantees, Geovanna Palacios, ordered the preventive detention against the suspects, at the request of the prosecutor Carlos Valdiviezo , member of the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office in Organized Crime Transnational and International ( Fedoti ) of the province of Pichincha. In the proceeding, it was detailed that the police investigators raided six buildings in the sectors San José de Morán (north) and San Antonio de Pichincha.
In this operation called “Guajira”, 49.2 kilos of marijuana were confiscated, packed with adhesive tape in 89 brick-type packages, as well as 13.9 grams of cocaine base paste, $ 1.650, seven cell phones, a balance. Two truck-type vehicles and one motorcycle were also seized and placed in a chain of custody. It is presumed that the processed citizens established links with organizations dedicated to micro-trafficking to receive the drug that was entering – by land – from Colombia.
Source: El Telegrafo