Drug seizures in Ecuador in 2009

in Substance Abuse

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.

(More facts and statistics about cocaine.)

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

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