By Dialogo August 22, 2012 Ecuador has seized about 24 tons of drugs since Jan. 2012, through operations that have left about 2,000 people arrested, said the national director of the Ecuadorian Anti-narcotics Police, General Juan Barragán. “So far this year, we have seized about 24 tons of various drugs in the country,” the official told Radio Quito, adding that police also managed to dismantle a “high number” of criminal organizations at different levels. Barragán noted that the confiscated drugs, included 8.4 tons of marijuana and cocaine paste intended for the “local market”. “Already 2,000 people have been detained and 2,440 operations were conducted with good results”, said the anti-narcotics chief. In Ecuador, drug seizures reached 26 tons in 2011, compared with 18 tons in 2010 and a record 68 tons in 2009. On July 25, President Rafael Correa said his country was implementing mechanisms to prevent infiltration of international drug trafficking organizations. “We are taking every measure to prevent the infiltration of international cartels in Ecuador”, said the president, stressing that “throughout the Andean region, Ecuador is the only country that does not produce coca.”
Chukwueze is one of Nigeria’s leading lights in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and before that was imperious for his La Liga side, Villarreal in the 2018/2019 season.Nigeria’s U-20 captain Ikwuowem Utin was also named in the list of nominees to win the award following his promising performance at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.The former Enyimba left back is now on the books of Israeli side, Maccabi Haifa whom he signed for before Nigeria’s campaign at the tournament.Joining Chukwueze and Utin in the Nigerian contingent is Lazio’s Bobby Adekanye who recently moved to the Italian Serie A side from English Premier League giants and UEFA Champions League holders Liverpool.The long list contains expected nominees like Matthijs de Ligt who is moving to Juventus from Ajax and is the current holder of the award; Phil Foden, Moise Kean, Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson Odoi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Samuel Chukwueze The exploits of Super Eagles forward Samuel Chukwueze has not gone unnoticed as he has been named in a strong 80-man list for the 2019 Golden Boy.The Golden Boy is an award run by Italian sports daily Tuttosport and handed out to a young footballer playing in Europe perceived to have been the most impressive during a calendar year.All nominees must be under the age of 21 and play in a European nation’s top tier.