Colombian authorities arrested an Ecuadorian suspected of trafficking 250 metric tons of cocaine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...
Ecuador police raid alleged illegal gold network

Ecuador Emerges as Trafficking Hub for Peru’s Illegal Gold

An investigation in Ecuador has revealed how the country has become a major transit hub for illegal Peruvian gold exported to the United States, an evolution...

DEA Praises Ecuador for Increasing Drug Seizures

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently presented an award to Ecuador’s Interior Ministry in recognition of the country’s drug interdiction...