Tunis investigates seizure by Ecuadorian police of more than half a ton of cocaine bound for Tunisia

Tunisian security forces said Tuesday they have launched a probe into the seizure of more than 600 kilograms of cocaine by the Ecuadorian police during a search into a container supposed to carry banana shipments to the North African country.

Houssem Eddine Jebabli, spokesperson of the General Direction of the National Guard told local radio Shems FM that the criminal affairs branch of the National Guard in Ben Arous city is in charge of the investigation.

Jebabli indicated that the probe will cover the transportation, supply, brokering, import and circulation of drugs.

The National Guard, he also noted, will work with the Ecuadorian police through Interpol for the investigation.

Fausto Buenaño Castillo, Chief of the Latin American country’s police, told media that security forces found 656.7 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a container supposed to carry banana, during an operation dubbed “Víspera”.

The drug shipment, estimated at $42 million, was dissimulated in black bags, in form of bricks.

Castillo neither provided further details on the owner of the container nor on the addressee in the North African country.

Tunisia has criminalized the use of drugs. Late November, the Tunis court of first instance sentenced four young men to 20 years in prison for forming a drug trafficking network in the capital. The court also slapped around $35,000-fine on each.

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