Organized crime raises its voice in Ecuador

Criminal organizations have raised the tone in Ecuador with sophisticated attacks and methods, leaving a trail of deaths that continues day after day and that reflects, according to the authorities, a growing presence in the Andean country of international drug trafficking.

The latest example of this submerged war in streets and prisons, especially on the Ecuadorian coast, was the attack on Monday against prison number 4 in Guayas, allegedly perpetrated with drones and which has surprised the authorities due to the technology used.

Three explosions caused damage to the roof and were apparently directed against leaders of some of the best-known criminal gangs in the province of Guayas, the epicenter of this war that is a projection of international drug trafficking and transnational crime.

“It is serious, we are in the middle of a war between international cartels,” warned the SNAI prison service.

The problem of growing crime has been reflected in the statistics for two years, because if 1,188 cases of violent deaths were registered in 2019, in 2020 they rose to 1,357, and the trend in 2021 is upwards: 1,229 only between January and July.

The phenomenon occurs with particular fierceness in the so-called “Zone 8”, the hottest in the country and which brings together the cantons of Guayaquil, Samborondón and Daule.

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