Ecuador’s Cocaine Pirates: Part II

Written by *Alejandra S. Inzunza and Pablo Ferri

In the second of this two-part series, authors Alejandra S. Inzunza and Pablo Ferri write about the impact of foreign crime and cocaine transit on the province of Manabi in Ecuador, particularly their effects in the fishing villages.

It was months after his fishing boat was hijacked at sea by drug traffickers that Marco Sanchez — a boat taxi-man from the Pacific Ecuadorean village of Jaramijo — saw his cousin Jorge again. Jorge, who had been on the boat with him and joined the traffickers, was by then driving a new red car and handing out cash to locals.

Jorge dressed well, had remodeled his small house in the village, and bragged to everyone that he had left poverty behind and would never have to fish again. He did not share details of his work, but he had become violent and always carried a pistol at his hip.

*This article originally ran in Domingo El Universal and was translated and reprinted with permission from the authors. Read the original here. This is the second in a two-part series. Read the first part here.

“He drew a lot of attention. He suddenly wanted to fix everything by throwing money at it, and he didn’t listen to us when we told him to get out of that business,” said Marco, as he pulled the motor chain on his taxi-boat.

“And what happened to him?” we asked Marco.

“He’s been in jail for more than half a year,” he said sharply.

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