BY TATIANA FARMARZI
Colombian drug gang the Rastrojos may now control almost all the drug trafficking routes in Ecuador, shipping their product to Mexican groups like the Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel, according to reports.
El Comercio reports that, according to police intelligence, the Rastrojos dominate almost all routes for trafficking drugs through Ecuador, and are working to control the routes through Esmeraldas, on the Pacific coast, and Carchi and Sucumbios, on the border with Colombia.
According to the report, the Rastrojos send drug shipments by sea from Ecuador’s ports to Mexican groups like the Gulf Cartel, the Sinaloa Cartel, and the Zetas.
The Rastrojos’ main operating bases in Ecuador are in Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, an inland province to the northwest of the country, and Manabi, on the Pacific coast.InSight Crime Analysis