Drug seizures in Ecuador in 2009

63 tons of cocaine was seized in Ecuador in 2009 by security forces, double the amount of cocaine seized in 2008. In addition, 7 drug processing labs were destroyed in 2009, up from 2 in 2008.

There were also an increase of 15 percent in the number of arrests of drug smuggling “mules”.

Up to one-third of all cocaine produced in Colombia is believed to be trafficked through Ecuador in 2009.

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Source:  Chris Kraul, “Cocaine trafficking keeps Ecuador anti-drug authorities busy,” Los Angeles Times, February 3, 2010.