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Heavily armed criminals were captured and a vessel whose engine code had been adulterated was retained. (Photo: CNA)

CNA demands ‘hard hand’ against gangs robbing shrimp farmers

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Tuesday, August 06, 2019, 02:00 (GMT + 9)

The National Chamber of Aquaculture (CNA) has made a new call to the judges and prosecutors of the country to act with "hard hand" against the criminals that plague the Ecuadorian shrimp industry.

The request arises after last Saturday, August 3, an operation carried out by the Navy of Ecuador resulted in eight heavily armed criminals captured and in the retention of a vessel whose engine code had been adulterated and that did not have the respective documentation.

Faced with this event in the Cuarentena sector, the CNA reiterates the call it made on July 19 at a press conference, and requests that judges and prosecutors act with all the rigor of the law to prevent criminals from being released.

The president of the CNA, José Antonio Camposano, at the press conference (left) | Photo: CNA

The incident took place at approximately at 6.00 am, when two vessels that were in the area began to flee when they saw the presence of the uniformed officials. The Marine Corps managed to stop one of those boats, where a backpack was found that contained a pistol with 17 9 mm projectiles, a knife, a radio for communications and cell phones.

The CNA advises the shrimp sector to make use of the “Safe Routes”, so as not to be victims of these organized gangs that operate in the Gulf of Guayaquil, where 12 illegal events were recorded from January to July, which caused losses of about USD 300,000 to the sector. For this, the institution insists that shrimpers hire only vessels that have their documents in order and thus avoid information leaks.

In addition, the president of the CNA, José Antonio Camposano, insisted that “the Navy continue with the operations and stop any vessel in a suspicious attitude”, remembering that “many of the criminal acts are carried out in broad daylight that criminals are not afraid of being captured. ”

According to Camposano, the productive sector has to make investments, which do not correspond, for around USD 30 million annually, to raise a better security index.


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