Ecuador: National Police Dismantle five organized crime groups

Posted on August 4, 2016 • Filed under: Crime, Ecuador, Ecuador Emergency Quito, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian National Police Units dismantled recently five groups devoted to drug trafficking, robbery and extortion, as part of the struggle against the organized crime, currently in effect in this South American country.
By means of the actions Tsunami 2 and Tempestad Azul 12 (Blue Storm 12), the authorities put an end to the activities of drug financing, marketing and distribution, according to acting Interior Minister Diego Fuentes and Superior General Diego Mejia, Police commander general.

The first of the aforementioned operations, whose investigation took four months, ended with the arrest of 10 people devoted to drug trafficking, substances that came to the country from Colombia, through the coastline in the province of Manabi, and the seizure of of 278.77 kilograms of marijuana and 182 grams of cocaine and cocaine paste, after raiding 14 houses.

In the case of Blue Storm 12, after the months of monitoring, the Unit of Struggle against the Organized Crime recorded 23 properties and arrested 12 individuals linked to sending drugs on boats from Tumaco, Colombia, to Central and North America.

According to official information, the group’s leader was identified as Ecuadorian Pedro Alonso, in charge of supplying logistics and fuels, as well as recruiting those responsible for the drug-transportation operation. Read Article


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