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Ecuador Criminal Gangs Show Military-Style Training: Police

Quito’s police chief has warned that the Ecuadorean security forces may be involved in organized crime, noting that the professionalism of some attacks carried out...
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Ecuador Touts Increased Cocaine Seizures in 2011

Police in Ecuador claim to have seized significantly more cocaine this year than last, but total cocaine seizures are still far lower than in...
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Could Ecuador See Rise of a Home-Grown Rebel Insurgency?

A clandestine leftist organization has claimed responsibility for two bombings in Ecuador’s largest city, sparking concerns about a nascent insurgency in the South...
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Ecuador Poppy Field Find Highlights Shifting Heroin Production

The discovery of an illicit poppy field in Ecuador draws attention to increasing production of heroin in Latin America, with the crop moving into new territories...
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Ecuador to Debate Decriminalization

Proposed changes to Ecuador's penal code would decriminalize possession of drugs for personal use, including up to 10 grams of marijuana and hashish, four grams of...
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The Perils of Involving the Military in Citizen Security

Faced with surging crime and corrupt police forces, many Latin American governments are turning to their militaries to combat citizen insecurity, but the peacetime...
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Ecuador Weighs Creation of Specialized Court for Organized Crime, Terrorism

Ecuadorian officials have discussed imitating Spain’s model and creating a specialized court and prosecutors to tackle organized crime and terrorism, as part of...
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Colombia Cartel Laundered European Profits Through Ecuador

Colombia's Norte del Valle drug cartel has been laundering money through a network in Ecuador, according to the Ecuadorian...
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Africa-Bound Cocaine Seized in Ecuador

Police in Ecuador announced the seizure of 400 kilograms of cocaine bound for West...