Colombian Police escort Washington Prado Álava.
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Ecuador’s Alleged ‘Pablo Escobar’: From Boatman to Drug Lord

New details have emerged on the largely unknown operations of a recently-captured Ecuadorean drug trafficker, shedding light on the crucial, and often overlooked,...
Suspects in Ecuadorean trafficking ring
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Police Captain Allegedly Key Part of Ecuador-Colombia Trafficking Ring

Authorities in Ecuador believe a police captain played a central role in coordinating the Ecuadorean side of one of the biggest drug trafficking networks the...
Colombian authorities arrested an Ecuadorian suspected of trafficking 250 metric tons of cocaine
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Unknown Ecuadorean’s Arrest Sign of Low-Profile, High Volume Trafficking?

Colombia's arrest of a major Ecuadorean drug trafficker and the dismantling of his organization, unknown to the public until now, illustrates the drug trade's...
A seized multi-ton cocaine shipment
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Multi-ton Seizures Point to Return of Massive Cocaine Shipments

A string of multi-ton cocaine seizures in Ecuador and the Caribbean suggest massive drug shipments have made a comeback in Latin America, a development that's...
Illegal mining has destroyed virgin jungle
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GameChangers 2016: Illegal Mining and Continuing Criminal Diversification

Latin America witnessed a criminal boom in illegal mining in 2016, and a rise of complementary illicit activities, as organized crime recognized the potential of...
The 7.5 metric ton cocaine bust at Guayaquil port
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Ecuador Makes Biggest Cocaine Bust of 2016 as Drug Seizures Rise

Ecuador has seized around 10 metric tons of cocaine at the Guayaquil port in the space of a few days, suggesting that the country may be growing in importance as...
Ex-Ecuadorian Minister Jorge Pareja Yannuzzelli
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Oil Company Corruption Scandal Threatens Ecuador’s Political Elite

Interpol has joined the hunt for a former Ecuadorian government minister and head of its state oil company, who is on the run from a corruption scandal that echoes...
Ecuador looks to cut its security presence along the Colombia border
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Is Ecuador Drawdown on Colombia Border Premature?

Ecuador is looking to drastically reduce its military presence along its northern border following the signing of a peace deal between the Colombian government and...
Ecuadoran security forces inspect a suspected FARC encampment
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FARC Dissidents Forming Criminal Groups in Ecuador: Reports

Recent reports suggest that dissident members of Colombia's main guerrilla group have begun forming new criminal structures in Ecuador, raising the possibility that...