$330m Worth Of Cocaine Fund In Banana Shipment From Ecuador
Police in Ecuador have found almost 8.8 tonnes of cocaine in a shipment of bananas bound for Belgium.
Police commander Fausto Salinas said the drugs would have been worth an estimated $330m had they reached their destination.
Last year, more than 200 tonnes of the drug were seized in the Andean country, much of it in the port of Guayaquil.
With Ecuador the world’s largest exporter of bananas, smugglers often try to hide their illegal consignments among the fruit which is shipped from Guayaquil to destinations all over the globe.
INEC Worried Over Hoodlums Attack And Carting Away Of BVAS Machines
This latest haul was found inside a container full of banana cases destined for Belgium.
In Ecuador, violence linked to drug smuggling has skyrocketed as powerful Mexican cartels have infiltrated local gangs to gain control of the lucrative business..