>> Five and a half tons of cocaine seized off the coast of Ecuador on Monday. 20 crew members arrested in the bust. Officials say the shipment was organized by a drug ring in Spain and was heading there carrying a haul worth millions of Euros. Packages of cocaine were floating in the ship's hull.
Spain's ambassador praised the success of the operation.>>
> This is a good example of the commitment of both countries to this issue and our willingness to continue working with Ecuador. We hope in the future to conclude negotiations on a bilateral convention on drugs.>> Drug traffickers have stepped up their trade on the high seas recently.
Spanish police earlier seized two tons of cocaine from a ship sailing the Atlantic flying a Venezuelan flag.