Over the next few days, Ecuadorian authorities are set to destroy thousands of tons of illegal drugs from various busts.
A total of 4,200 kilograms of narcotics, seized in several state-led operations, will be destroyed, according to the joint command of the armed forces.
A formal release stated that, the air force has already transported the drugs from the Simon Bolivar Base, in Guayaquil, to the site where it will be destroyed. The drugs were confiscated in several government operations carried out nationwide, as part of the state's fight against drug-trafficking.
The security forces are generally charged with the difficult task of patrolling the borders as well as searching urban and rural areas to stem narco-trafficking throughout the country. Since the start of the year, police has seized more than 23,000 tons of narcotics and made numerous arrests.
Cargo ship intercepted
As recently as yesterday, Ecuadorian police confiscated five tons of cocaine worth at least $250 million. The drug was found on a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean. The ship was believed to be on its way to Spain via Panama.
In the operation, the interior ministry reportedly arrested 21 members of an international drug-trafficking ring, said to be led by a Spanish national.
Ecuador has seized nearly 30 tons of cocaine since the beginning of this year.