Palma Real is an Ecuadorian area where boats loaded with cocaine blocks bound for Mexico and the United States have been detected.
Navy Commander Angel Pacheco, in charge of the Marine Corps Battalion Number 11 of San Lorenzo (Bimlor), told Daily El Comercio that cocaine, fuel, weapons and explosives are the main threats in the area.
One of the routes where the drug enters is San Lorenzo. From this point, they move it by land to the coast (Manabí and Guayas provinces) and embark it to the US, from the ports. These data are corroborated by Pacheco, and also known by the police. A week ago, narcotics agents executed the Rising Sun Operation in those two provinces and captured nine suspects investigated for shipping cocaine from ports in Guayaquil and Manta. In that raid, investigatorsfound USD 17 million hidden in coasters.