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Ecuador seizes nearly a ton of cocaine

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QUITO (Xinhua) – Ecuadorian anti-narcotics officials have seized nearly a ton of cocaine that was being smuggled by sea.

The operation was carried out in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday along the coast of northern Esmeraldas province. Police searched the vessel and found the cocaine hidden under the floor board.

Two suspects were arrested and would be charged soon, the office of the Public Prosecutor said.

So far this year, the Ecuadorian authorities have seized some 60 tons of illicit drugs, mainly cocaine, in different parts of the country.

Last week, an operation uncovered more than half a ton of cocaine being shipped along with a cargo of bananas heading to Belgium.

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