The causes of the atrocities of organized crime in Ecuador 4:52
(CNN Spanish) --
(CNN Spanish) --
The National Police of Ecuador reported this Tuesday that, during the early morning, various raids were carried out in the Durán canton, Guayas province, which allowed the arrest of 10 people in connection with several murders and car attacks bomb that occurred last November in Guayaquil and Durán.
The Police say that the detainees are members of the criminal organization called "Chone Killers", which maintains confrontations with other criminal groups in the country.
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This morning our units arrested several members of the organized crime group 'Chone Killers', they would be responsible for several murders and terrorist attacks in 2022. We remain firm in the fight against crime”, wrote the Police Commander, Fausto Salinas. Samaniego, on his Twitter account.
During a press conference in Guayaquil on Tuesday, the Minister of the Interior, Juan Zapata, reported that the operation ends the arrests of the alleged material and intellectual authors of the attacks.
He insisted that the complement to avoid impunity is that Justice operate accordingly and within the framework of the law.
"We hope that the administration of Justice does its thing," he insisted.
168 arrests associated with murders and explosions
Zapata reported that, in recent months, the Police have arrested a total of 168 people linked to certain murders and the attacks that occurred in November.
He said these people were considered white.
"The detainees are already in the social rehabilitation centers where the orders for these attacks came from," Zapata said.
The minister reported that the explosives found in the raids are related to another operation carried out last week to dismantle criminal groups and whose links are being investigated.
Police commander Salinas added that this group was "a high-value target" that operated in the Durán sector.
14 people arrested for alleged participation in car bomb attacks in Guayas, Ecuador
Findings during raids in Durán
The director of investigations of the National Police, Fausto Olivo, pointed out that the orders to carry out attacks on police units, public places and gas stations last November were ordered from prisons and from outside them by organized crime groups. .
Olivo said: "Ten minors have been involved in the investigations, which unfortunately we cannot stop them due to the legislation we have at this time that requires us only to isolate minors when they are found in flagrante delicto or when we have formulation of charges.
Ten minors who are being used by these criminal groups to commit these murders and these attacks with explosives.
We regret that our youth is used by these groups and it is a call to attention to society to work on the recovery of these minors.
General Olivo pointed out that during the raids this morning firearms were found, a rifle, two pistols, 15 feeders, 2,000 ammunition of various calibers and a percussion cap.
In addition, some evidence must be analyzed because it was allegedly acquired legally by certain businesses, but whose destination was illegal activities.
"There are companies that import explosives legally and are transferred to organized crime groups," he said.
Use of police clothing for illegal activities
The authorities indicated that there is concern due to the use of clothing with logos, colors and identification of the National Police by members of criminal gangs.
In the raids this Tuesday, the police investigation director added that bulletproof vests with police logos, sweaters, caps and other types of clothing that identify the public force were found.
Minister Zapata added that there are many cases of criminals using police clothing.
For this reason, he called for control operations in stores authorized to sell police uniforms.
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Commander Salinas, for his part, announced that security elements such as QR codes will be incorporated into these uniforms.
They also seek to detect factories that make police clothing outside the law.
Another 14 suspects had been arrested in December for the same case
In December, the Police detained another 14 suspects in the attacks with car bombs perpetrated in various parts of the province of Guayas.
These arrests occurred after executing together with the Prosecutor's Office at least 13 raids on different properties.
On that occasion, the detainees, according to the Police, were part of the criminal organization called "Los Lobos".
Weapons, ammunition and other items were also seized.