Ecuador: GPS used to track shipments of precursor chemicals

Posted on March 28, 2014 • Filed under: Crime, Drug Activity, Ecuador reported that Ecuador is Using satellite tracking, authorities supervise the transportation of controlled substances to avoid having them fall into drug traffickers’ hands. With the aim of preventing the diversion of precursor chemicals, which can be used to manufacture illegal drugs, Ecuador is installing a monitoring system that tracks these substances from the moment they enter the country until they’re stored.

The National Council for the Control of Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances (CONSEP) aims to monitor every truck transporting these products, according to the organization’s director, Rodrigo Vélez.


“This system helps us monitor whether a vehicle carrying chemicals has diverted from its route or has stopped and opened its cargo doors,” Vélez said.

CONSEP oversees the granting of import licenses, the sales process and the use of precursor chemicals to ensure they are not used for illegal purposes.

In Ecuador, 1,847 companies are authorized to sell controlled chemical substances, while 250 transportation companies are allowed to transport them. Read Article

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