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Ecuador Most-wanted' Criminal Escapes From Prison, State Of Emergency Declared

Ecuador’s Most-wanted’ Criminal Escapes From Prison, State Of Emergency Declared

In a swift and decisive response, President of Ecuador Daniel Noboa has declared a state of emergency in the wake of a daring prison break that saw a notorious narco boss escape from custody.

“I have just signed a decree for a state of emergency so that the armed forces have all the political and legal support in their actions” against these “narcoterrorists,” Noboa said on his Instagram account

This audacious incident has raised alarm bells throughout the country, emphasizing the urgent need for enhanced security measures and a comprehensive reassessment of the prison system.

General Cesar Zapata, the national commander of police, told a press conference that the country’s armed forces had determined that one of the inmates in the Guayaquil prison was missing.

While Zapata did not mention the inmate by name, the prosecutor’s office said it would investigate “the alleged escape” of Jose Adolfo Macias, the leader of Los Choneros criminal group.

Macias, whose alias is “Fito”, was sentenced in 2011 to 34 years in prison for various crimes including drug trafficking and murder

Los Choneros is a criminal organization authorities have linked to extortion, murder and drug trafficking, among other crimes, and accused of controlling the country’s main prisons.

The escape of the high-profile narco boss has sent shockwaves across Ecuador, compelling authorities to take immediate action.

Vulnerabilities within the prison system

The declaration of a state of emergency underscores the gravity of the situation and the government’s commitment to restoring order and ensuring public safety. This crisis demands a unified effort from law enforcement agencies and the cooperation of the entire nation.

The incident sheds light on the vulnerabilities within the prison system, prompting authorities to reevaluate existing protocols and fortify security measures.

It is imperative to address any gaps that may have allowed such a high-profile individual to orchestrate a successful escape.

The escape of a narco boss also highlights the broader issue of organized crime and its influence within society. This incident serves as a wake-up call, compelling authorities to intensify their efforts in combating the drug trade and dismantling criminal networks.

It necessitates a comprehensive strategy that involves not only apprehending the escaped criminal but also addressing the root causes and underlying factors that contribute to the presence of organized crime in the country.

The declaration of a state of emergency serves as a powerful signal that Ecuador is resolute in its fight against organized crime. It is a clear indication that the government is committed to protecting its citizens and ensuring the rule of law prevails.

This heightened state of alertness should serve as a catalyst for comprehensive reforms that will not only address the immediate aftermath of the escape but also foster long-term solutions to prevent such incidents in the future.

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