Daniela Cobo G.
(RIEAS Associate and Graduate Student, Webster University Athens)
Copyright: @ 2023 Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 11 June 2023
Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS)
Ecuador, a country located on the northwest coast of South America, is facing several security challenges related to drug trafficking and organized crime. Its geographical location between Colombia and Peru, two major drug-producing countries, makes it a strategic transit route for drug traffickers. In recent years, criminal organizations, including Mexican drug cartels such as the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, use Ecuador as a transit point for cocaine shipments destined for international markets, particularly the United States and Europe. These cartels take advantage of Ecuador's porous borders, extensive coastline, and strategic position for drug transportation.... Read more