The United States donated equipment to the Criminalistics Laboratory and the Migration Control Units of the Ministry of the Interior of Ecuador to guarantee the country’s security and prevent the entry of terrorism suspects, the US Embassy in Quito reported on May 2.
The allocation was made through the Counter-Terrorist Assistance program of the US Department of State for the advanced microscopic inspection of travel documents and the extraction of information from mobile devices.
The item is valued “at a combined value of approximately $ 87,000,” said a statement from the US Embassy.
The teams “will contribute to strengthening the capacity of the Ecuadorian police in the area of Criminalistics and the experts in documents of the Migration Control Units that work under the Ministry of the Interior,” he added.
Robin Meyer, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy; the undersecretary of migration of Ecuador, Alexis Eskandani; and Colonel Fausto Olivo, director of the National Coordination of Criminalistics and Legal Medicine.
Last week, the governments of both countries signed a security cooperation agreement in Quito, which stipulates the creation of a Transnational Criminal Investigation Unit. (I)