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KNOCK DOWN. Of never to end up
Smugglers continue acting unpunishedly in north frontier

Mafias use new modalities to avoid the police little control

By Johnny Obregón Rossi, regional correspondent

More than one year ago, The Trade denounced the impunity graphically with which smugglers acted in the frontier with Ecuador, specifically in Green Waters, Knock down. Then, the police hurried in carrying out operations of control cartwright and it prepared the creation of an unit for the fight against the smuggling.

Lapsed twelve months, this non alone unit was disabled, but rather everything has been again I eat before. The prepotency and the freedom with which the smugglers act they have not been dented in the most minimum thing.

This Newspaper made a journey for diverse areas of you Knock down and it checked that dozens of people sell Ecuadorian fuel in several points of the city before the inoperancia of the authorities.

In streets and highways, bottles of plastic full with fuel are exhibited without self-confidence. The same salesperson is who takes charge of pouring gasoline in the tank of the vehicles, with the help of a probe luck and a funnel.

It is known that in the 30 kilometers that separate the city of you Knock down and the frontier of Waters Greens works 22 informal positions of sale of fuel.

The lack of respect toward the authority on the part of the salespersons of illegal fuel, or the condescension of this, is evidenced clearly in two examples.

The first have to do with the unusual sale from the product to some 100 meters of the headquarters of the Customs of you Knock down, also located in Green Waters. The second case is similar, but this time near a van of Radio it Patrols that it watches over the entrance daily to the denominated area The Curve, in Zarumilla.

FOR SEA AND IN COACHES
Today the smugglers have changed methods. They usually traffic no longer above in long caravans of vehicles with people, like they used to make it.

Now, the shipment of the illegal fuel is for sea, modality whose use has been intensified in the last months. The smugglers use the area of Port Pizarro and the adjacent tidelands to transport the product in drums or bags through fishing crafts, which have like final destination the ports of the departments of Piura and Lambayeque.

Besides using the marine road, those also calls 'oil tankers' they even use vehicles that were used previously as funeral coaches.

Near Fuentes to the police confirmed that eight vehicles of this type have been acquired by bands that operate in the mafia of the fuel and that they circulate taking merchandise, especially in the dawns.

"The situation is worse than before. When they confiscate them their merchandise, the smugglers have the effrontery of to return to the police station or the position of Carps and to recover for the force the product. It is an uncontrollable" situation, the regional consultant pointed out of you Knock down, Jorge Lamb.

On the other hand, the president of the region Knocks down, Wilmer God, affirmed that in spite of the efforts of the police, a great deficiency exists in the fight against this problem, to which described as social.

Policemen's number is insufficient
The dramatic decrease of the number of policemen in this area is one of the main problems that confronts the fight against the smuggling. They coincided this way in pointing out the president of the region you Knock down, Wilmer God, and the regional consultant Jorge Lamb.

"There are many reefs that to draw. Not alone it has diminished the number of policemen in half, but rather, also, the institution confronts a logistical alarming problem. The police cannot make in front of the teams and modern vehicles with those that the smugglers" act, he/she added Lamb.

It was tried to dialogue with the boss of the police region of you Knock down, colonel Jesús Julia, but this it was outside of the city. However, you could consent to an internal report carried out by the police of you Knock down, which indicates that at the moment 598 troops exist in the border area, when he/she should be with 1.140.

In this document, high to the police high controls and the vice minister of the Interior, it is indicated textually that "the shortage of human resources and logistical of advanced technology in the positions of frontier surveillance it hinders the execution of their function."

In another part it is pointed out that "the self-driven park has not been renovated from 1994."

THE FIGURES
26.505
gallons of Ecuadorian petroleum of smuggling have been confiscated up to June 20.

197
operations have carried out the police in the fight against the smuggling in so far in the year.

52.732
gallons of illegal fuel were confiscated during last year.

Source: http://www.elcomercio.com.pe/EdicionImpresa/Html/2007-06-24/ImEcNacional0744144.html



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In bottles of plastic.



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In drums



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