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10 Jan 2024

Ecuador Declares 'State of Emergency' as Drug Lord Escapes Prison

Ecuador declared a state of emergency following [the escape](https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/08/ecuador-adolfo-macias-fito-missing-gang-leader) of notorious drug lord [Adolfo Macías](https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/10/why-masked-gang-members-stormed-an-ecuadorian-tv-station#:~:text=Mac%C3%ADas%20is%20the%20leader%20of,for%20several%20weeks%20in%202013.), alias Fito, from a Guayaquil prison. A manhunt involving thousands of soldiers and police is ongoing. President Daniel Noboa, elected on an anti-crime platform, vowed tough action against organized crime. The escape led to hostages being taken in five prisons. Macías, linked to the powerful gang Los Choneros and Mexico's Sinaloa cartel, was serving a 34-year sentence for crimes including drug trafficking and murder.

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