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U.S. ambassador to Ecuador said the country’s prison crisis is the fault of transnational crime

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - "The current prison situation in Ecuador is caused by transnational crime and its local partners," is how U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador Michael J. Fitzpatrick described the prison crisis.

The diplomat is not wrong: Los Choneros is currently an armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel, while rival gangs Los Tiguerones, Los Lobos, and Los Largartos are linked to the Jalisco Cartel - New Generation.

The dispute between these transnational organized crime mega-gangs has reportedly sparked the armed clashes that have left around Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?

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