Ecuador, considered a country free of illicit crops by the UN, seized around 68.2 tons of drugs, mostly cocaine, between January and October of this year, said on Wednesday the Deputy Minister of Internal Security Diego Fuentes.
Drug seizures increased by 27% over the same period of 2014, when 53.6 tons were seized, the official added in a report.
In 2014, Ecuador seized about 61.6 tons of drugs, including 50.1 tons of cocaine, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The country is still considered free of illicit crops and drug transit and inputs for production, according to a report by the UNODC in 2014, revealed three weeks ago in Quito.
“In Ecuador we are not talking of illicit crops. There is so far no evidence of that. But there is official information of the Ecuadorian state (…) which indicates they have removed plants in some areas,” said Lorenzo Vallejos, coordinator of the UNODC in the country.