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Ecuadorian Troops Seize 9,600 Coca Bushes

  1. buseman
    [imgl=white]http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/6236/erythroxylum12coca.jpg[/imgl]QUITO – Ecuadorian troops on Tuesday seized 9,600 coca bushes that were apparently en route to an area along the northern border with Colombia, the world’s leading producer of cocaine.

    The bushes, each about 30 centimeters (1 foot) high, were found inside a truck that was intercepted in the Pacific coast province of Esmeraldas, the Ecuadorinmediato Web site said.

    The Armed Forces Joint Command declined to confirm the story when contacted by Efe.

    Police arrested three people in the operation and suspect the truck’s journey began in the Andean province of Imbabura, Ecuadorinmediato said.

    Ecuador is far from being a (drug) producer, the head of the country’s counter-narcotics effort, Col. Patricio Pazmiño, told a press conference Tuesday.

    We can afford the luxury of counting the plants seized, he said, something he contended would be impossible for major coca-growing countries such as Colombia and Peru.

    Pazmiño acknowledged, however, that drug traffickers use Ecuador as a staging area and transit corridor.



  1. Nnizzle
    9600 bushes in a truck??? How big was this truck.
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