QUITO – A total of 3.4 tons of cocaine packed into a container bound for Manzanillo, Mexico, were seized in Guayaquil, a port city in southwestern Ecuador, the National Police said Sunday.
The drugs were found on Friday by specially trained dogs in a container whose manifest said held a substance used to produce animal feed.
The cocaine was in 67 sacks containing a total of 440 bricks of the drug.
Officers searched a warehouse and a house in Guayaquil’s La Puntilla residential district, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
The investigation was expanded to the central coastal city of Manta, where two Mexicans and a Colombian were arrested.
An Ecuadorian who worked for the shipping firm that was sending the container to Mexico was also detained.
Two Hondurans arrested in Manta were released after officials determined they were not involved in the smuggling operation.