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Police seized 7 tons and a half of baking soda destined for drug processing laboratories
The National Police of Ecuador, through the National Antinarcotics Directorate and the Chemicals Unit, executed on September 18, 2018, at 10:30 in Guayas, the operation: «South Pole», which allowed the seizure of 7,500,000 grams of sodium bicarbonate, in the province of Guayas, Ximena parish, Guasmo sector.
After investigative efforts, the existence of a complex of mixed construction was determined, in which 9 wineries existed, which are presumed to be used for the collection of chemical substances subject to control. A number of chemical precursors had entered the site a few days ago, which, according to the investigations, were to be transported to the northern border line in heavy cargo vehicles, to be used in the illegal cocaine processing laboratories in the neighboring country. from Colombia.
In this way, operative agents deployed to the property, in coordination with the Office of the Prosecutor and with the support of the Mobile Anti-Narcotics Special Group (GEMA), Criminalistics and the Regional Canine Training Center (CRAC), the property was searched, a thorough registration of the place, inside the warehouse a total of 300 bags of 25 kilograms each was found, with the caption: «Sodium Bicarbonate», positive for sodium bicarbonate, with a weight of 7,500,000 grams, a substance that is subject to control, according to the «Regulation of the law of comprehensive prevention of socio-economic phenomenon of drugs and regularization and control of the use of scheduled substances, subject to control.»
This seizure of 7 tons and a half of baking soda, has a market value of $ 50,000 (Fifty thousand dollars), and with it could be made about 20 tons of drugs.
In this way, the National Police of Ecuador and the National Antinarcotics Directorate work permanently throughout the national territory, in order to neutralize the illicit activities of organizations dedicated to drug trafficking. Lorena Cabezas / DNA / Ana Ayala / DNCE /