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Ecuador Finds Coca Plantation on Colombia Border

Ecuador’s Army spotted a two hectare cocaine plantation on the border with Colombia on April 19 on an aerial surveillance. The site was investigated by the...
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600 FARC Uniforms Found in Ecuador

600 uniforms intended for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - FARC) were seized by the Ecuadorian police,...
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‘Colombian Narco Controlled Quito Drug Market’

The arrest of a Colombian drug lord, leader of the little-known gang "La Cordillera," has shed light on the group's dedication to controlling the thriving domestic...
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Colombian Drug Boss Arrested in Ecuador

Ecuador has arrested a Colombian drug lord from a little known but very rich gang, Cordillera. Loosely translated as the "Mountain Range," the gang is dedicated...
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Cable Invokes Fear of FARC Links with Ecuador

A recently released WikiLeaks cable sheds light on the distrust between President Correa and the U.S., caused in part by FARC links to Ecuador's political...
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The Changing Face of Security Cooperation in the Andes

After Ecuador and the U.S. dismissed each others’ ambassadors last week, the future of diplomatic relations between the two countries looks bleak once again. This...
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Ecuador Cable Incriminates High-Ranking Police, Government Officials

After Ecuador's sudden dismissal of U.S. ambassador in Quito, something of a diplomatic crisis has developed between the two countries. A careful analysis of the...
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International Assessment and Strategy Center: Ecuador at Risk – Drugs, Thugs, Guerrillas, and the Citizens’ Revolution

The report, published January 2010, is by Douglas Farah and Glenn R. Simpson, senior fellows at the International Assessment and Strategy Center (IASC). It looks at...
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Sinaloa Cartel Spells Trouble for Ecuador

Ecuador’s capture of nine alleged Sinaloa Cartel operatives, and the brutal murder of a policeman investigating the Mexican criminal group, could be signs of...