Ecuador: southern and northern borders rife with arms trafficking

Posted on September 17, 2012 • Filed under: Border Issues, Ecuador

Intelligence identifies three cities where supposedly stored illegal weapons and ammunition: Quevedo (Los Ríos), junction (Guayas) and Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas. Here, guns are stored in homes and move to Quito where negotiated with intermediaries who sell Colombian subversive groups or members of local gangs. In other cases negotiates directly on the border with the guerrillas. How much does this type of illegal material on the market? Police investigations show that FAL type rifle costs $ 5000 in Quito Nueva Loja and can cost 7000. Instead, Mouser rifle is priced 2000 on the border. Each ammunition worth $ 3 and can go up to 4 in Sucumbios. Prices vary arms to where they are purchased. Read Article

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