By Dialogo August 13, 2012 On August 9th Colombia and Ecuador dismantled seven drug labs, found on their shared border during a joint operation, according to Ecuador’s Interior Ministry. In a press release, the ministry indicated that six labs were discovered on the Colombian side during the operation on August 8th, in which the district attorney’s office and police from both nations participated. The drug-processing facilities were located in the bordering area between the coastal province Esmeralda, Ecuador (northwest) and the Colombia’s Nariño region, in which authorities also destroyed coca crops. “Thanks to this collaboration, we were able to dismantle a drug processing network that thrived on the chemical consumption in Ecuador and the raw material (coca leaves) from Colombia”, he added. The operation left seven detained in Ecuadorian territory. Since last January, Ecuador has seized about 18.5 tons of drugs, mainly cocaine. The amount of drugs seized reached 26 tons in 2011, compared to 18 tons in 2010 and the record of 68 tons in 2009. On July 25th, President Rafael Correa said, Ecuador, which borders with Colombia, is applying mechanisms to prevent the infiltration of international drug trafficking organizations.