MEXICO CITY - Ecuadorean police have confiscated a cocaine consignment weighing one ton, the country's Interior Ministry said.
The drugs were hidden in a container packed with bananas in a vessel in Ecuador's port city Guayaquil that was to be sent to Kuwait via Spain. A representative of the company responsible for shipping the consignment was taken into custody for further investigation into the matter, Notimex reported.
This summer the Ecuadorean police confiscated one other cocaine consignment weighing half a ton, which was meant to shipped to Russia, Spain and Belgium. In 2013, the total amount of drugs confiscated was 57.6 tons.
Major Mexican drug cartels and Colombian gangsters are reported to be cooperating with Ecuadorean criminal groups to secure new drug smuggling channels into the United States.
RiaNovosti/Sept. 30, 2014