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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Ecuador's Former Vice President, Arrested in Mexican Embassy Raid, Tied to Beheaded 'Los Lobos' Gang CJNG Trafficker

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Ecuador's former Vice President, Jorge Glas, recently appeared online for a hearing, hoping to be released from prison after his detention during an armed raid on Mexico's embassy in Quito, Ecuador, where he had sought and had been granted political asylum in Mexico. His release was denied as the judge ordered him to remain in jail due to his previous convictions, even though his arrest was deemed to have been illegal.

Glas was twice convicted of corruption and now facing new charges. Ecuador's authorities instead ordered a raid on the sovereign Mexican embassy grounds by a special unit of the Ecuadorian police to detain and arrest the former politician on charges of corruption and bribery related to government contracts given to large transnational Brazilian-based construction company Odebrecht.

He has not, as of yet, been charged with any conspiracies related to Ecuador's drug trafficking and gang activity. One of Ecuador's late primary gang leaders and logistics financier for CJNG drug trafficking is said to have paid $250,000 for Jorge Glas and Daniel Salcedo to be released from prison in 2022.

His arrest came after months of tension between the two countries, and large-scale drug violence in Ecuador that further escalated after the assassination of a Presidential candidate last year.

Police forcefully entered Mexico's embassy in Quito before making the arrest, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador posted on X.

Corruption Charges

Glas was Vice President to former President Rafael Correa between 2013 and 2017 and is now facing fresh charges of misuse of public resources. He was first sentenced to 6 years in late 2017 after a court found him guilty of taking bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht in return for handing the scandal-choked firm state contracts. The company admitted to bribing several governments. He was convicted again in 2020 of using money from contractors to fund campaigns for Correa's political movement and given an 8-year sentence.

Correa has lived in Belgium since he left office, and was convicted in the same case. Glas served more than 4 years in prison before being released in 2022, only to be jailed again the same year, after a court ruled he needed to serve the remainder of his sentences, though his lawyers had requested he serve them concurrently and benefit from parole. He was last released in November 2022.

Glas has a preventive arrest warrant out on another corruption case and had complained that he is being persecuted for political motivations, which Ecuador's government denies. Glas faces new charges of misusing funds collected to aid the reconstruction of coastal Manabi after a devastating 2016 earthquake.

Seeking Asylum

Glas sought asylum in Mexico in December 2023 as his lawyers appealed a judge's order to jail Glas before his trial. His lawyers claimed that his life would be in danger in prison. So, he had been living in the Mexican Embassy in Ecuador as his asylum was being processed. Mexico granted him asylum earlier in the day of his arrest on Friday night, April 5.

Ecuadorean authorities had sought permission from Mexico to enter the embassy to arrest Glas since March. In a statement, Ecuador's President, Daniel Noboa, accused Mexico of "having abused the immunities and privileges granted to the diplomatic mission that housed the former vice president, and granting diplomatic asylum contrary to the conventional legal framework."

Ecuador has argued that Mexico's granting of asylum to Glas violates international laws that prohibit granting asylum to people facing criminal charges. Glas had been convicted twice of corruption and facing a third, separate charge. 

"What they were looking for is for us to accept that they enter the Embassy or for us to hand over the vice president to them. We cannot do that, that is a question of principles. Mexico's foreign policy is characterized by protecting politically persecuted people," Lopez Obrador had stated when granting Glas asylum.

A young "El Patron" and former President Correa.

Drug Trafficker Bribes for Glas' Release

In addition to being accused of corruption and embezzlement, past investigations indicate that the former Vice President had links to drug trafficking as well.

In April 2022, Jorge Glas had been temporarily released while the appeals against his conviction were resolved. According to the Attorney General of Ecuador, Glas was released from prison after reaching an agreement with Leandro Antonio Norero Tigua, known as "El Patrón" one of the main drug traffickers in the country and late leader of the Los Lobos gang.

According to the authorities report released last December, in exchange for the promise of “future favors,” Norero paid $250,000 in bribes to judicial officials, which ultimately resulted in the release of the former Vice President. Norero wanted to collect this ‘little favor’ when Glas is president.

“Because part of the strategy of organized crime is to have political control, control of the authorities. How do they control the authorities? Delivering favors and then collecting them,” Prosecutor Diana Salazar commented. “That is the level of putrefaction that we have been able to reveal in this plot of the Metastasis case,” said Salazar.

After Norero's arrest, a photograph from 2009 circulated in which he (center) was apparently seen alongside then-President Correa and former Minister Ricardo Patiño.

Last month in March, testimony was given by a former inmate with "El Patron," Marcelo Nicolás LA, who stated he saw Norero communicating with Correa, currently in exile in Belgium. When he was asked by Salazar how he knew it was Rafael Correa, he responded that the communications were by video call and that he saw Rafael Correa.

These conversations were about the freedom of former Vice President Jorge Glas, who at that time was in Latacunga prison. According to Marcelo Nicolás LA, it was important to gain Glas' freedom so that he could be a Presidential candidate again.

Since Marcelo spent all his time with Norero, he says that he saw all the messages he exchanged on his cell phone with other prisoners such as aliases Fito, Junior, Willy, and Choclo, among others, regarding the pacification of criminal gangs. Norero also was said to have had communications with former assemblyman, Latin King gang figure, and fugitive, Ronny Aleaga.

Glas' 2022 prison release was allegedly orchestrated by CJNG drug logistics financier and Los Lobos gang leader known as "El Patron."

Who was Ecuador's "El Patron"?

Although it was initially reported that he was originally from Peru, authorities later revealed that Leandro Antonio Norero Tigua was born in 1986 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Reports indicated that he financed and headed the local criminal gangs collective that included Los Lobos, Los Tiguerones, Chone Killers, and the Latin Kings. He had direct links with CJNG traffickers. 

Los Lobos allied themselves with and worked for the CJNG following a split from Los Choneros who work with the Sinaloa Cartel and European drug traffickers. 

At the age of 18, in 2005 he was arrested for illegal possession of a weapon. Over the following years, Norero reportedly received the support of corrupt politicians, which allowed him to organize drug trafficking networks from the ports of Guayaquil and Machala. In 2012 he was prosecuted for aggravated robbery and in 2018 for drug trafficking.

Unsurprisingly, those years fall on either end of Correa's Presidency from 2013-2017. He was previously part of the Los Ñetas band, which participated in a "pacification process" during the government of Rafael Correa (2007-2017). Norero was considered by counternarcotics and intelligence authorities to be one of Ecuador's top drug traffickers.

Following the dissemination of the photograph, taken in 2009, the former president maintains that his detractors "try to build a narrative of links to drug trafficking" and "to do so they count, as always, on the corrupt press."

Before being captured in Ecuador, Norero had been wanted in Peru for alleged trafficking of illegal substances. Norero's lawyers managed to allow him to escape by announcing that he had died from COVID-19. There were then reports he had died in Peru during a bus accident in 2020.

Norero gained more notoriety after the killing of Jorge Luis Zambrano known as 'Rasquiña' in December 2020. Rasquiña was the leader of Los Choneros, considered the armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel in Ecuador.

Leandro Antonio Norero Tigua was accused of ordering the murder of Albanian trafficker Ergys Dashi who was shot dead on January 23, 2022, at a restaurant in Ecuador.

He would also be responsible for at least 3 more homicides. Lawyer Harrison Salcedo was the defender of the Los Choneros gang leader. He also ordered the killing of journalist Gerardo Delgado, an execution he mistakenly requested, conversations reveal. The third case is Agustín Intriago, the Mayor of the coastal city of Manta. This slaying had links to his money laundering network.

He also had ordered surveillance of then-presidential candidate, Fernando Villavicencio, and outlined a plan to assassinate the Prosecutor who investigated the money laundering case. Villavicencio was assassinated in 2023.


Beheaded in Prison

"El Patron" was arrested and imprisoned in May 2022 for money laundering; the month following Glas' release from prison. $7 million and gold bars were seized along with several firearms.

During a prison riot on October 3, 2022, "El Patron" was beheaded on video. His body was found with his clothes stripped and multiple puncture wounds and burns. He had been decapitated and dismembered. Clashes at the Latacunga prison, in Cotopaxi, left at least 15 other prisoners dead and 60 were injured. All of the inmates were dismembered and the victim’s heads were displayed hanging from the prison’s front gate.

There have been questions about if "El Patron" truly was killed, beheaded, and dismembered in the prison, or if he had faked his own death yet again. Official identification came from fingerprints, tattoos, and his brother identifying the dismembered body.  

Mass Arrests of Politicians & Police

After the prison riot, prosecutors obtained 15 mobile phones owned by Norero. Around 15,000 pages of transcripts of conversations showed the links of Norero and his lawyers with judicial and government officials investigated for corruption, politicians, and even a journalist.

On December 14, 2023, more than 75 raids were carried out with 29 people arrested for organized crime and drug trafficking in relation to the evidence found on Norero's phones. Among them were the President of the Judicial Council of Ecuador, Wilman Terán, and the former Police General, Pablo Ramírez, as well as judges, prosecutors, and prison agents.

The director of the prison service was police general Pablo Ramírez, who later became National Anti-Narcotics Director. According to Norero's chats, in July 2022 the drug trafficker told his wife about the good treatment he received from Ramírez in the Latacunga prison. Even in a video, Norero says that he “has not been lucky enough” to meet Ramírez personally but has been told “wonderful things about him.”

Armed Raid on Mexican Embassy

Glas' defense team had argued the three-judge tribunal should declare his capture at the Mexican Embassy illegal and set him free. They stated that Ecuador's government violated his human rights and international law when security forces entered and raided diplomatic property.

The tribunal agreed the arrest "was illegal and arbitrary," Judge Monica Heredia said, but that due to the existence of previous convictions "this tribunal cannot modify the (jail) sentence."

Glas' lawyer Sonia Vera thanked the international community in a message on X, saying the support was vital for getting the arrest declared illegal. "However, Jorge is still detained," she said. "We'll appeal until he is free."

Former President Rafael Correa, whom Glas served under between 2013 and 2017, said this week Glas attempted suicide and was on hunger strike. Glas alleged that police beat him during his arrest, but police have said force was used progressively due to his resisting arrest. The government has also said Glas was planning to escape, though it has not provided details.

Mexico has called on the UN to suspend Ecuador if they do not apologize for raiding their embassy. The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, said this Thursday that the expulsion of Ecuador from the UN depends on the member states. The UN has expressed its "condemnation for the flagrant violations of international law...when the embassy was attacked."

Ecuador currently has a seat on the Security Council since 2022, within the quota of Latin American and Caribbean countries.

AMLO's "Unfortunate" Comments & Reaction

Before the arrest of Jorge Glas, Ecuador had declared the Mexican Ambassador persona non grata, citing "unfortunate" comments by the Mexican president about the recent election violence. 

The Mexican President had compared election-related violence in the two countries, alleging the murder of Ecuadorean Presidential Candidate Fernando Villavicencio last year was unfairly tied to the leftist candidate in the race, who subsequently lost. Lopez Obrador further blamed what he said was corrupt media for what he described as election manipulation.

Ecuadorean President Daniel Noboa took office late last year and quickly faced escalating conflicts with cartel-connected drug gangs, prompting him to declare a nationwide state of emergency early this year, which was extended last month.

Lopez Obrador ordered the "immediate" suspension of diplomatic ties with Ecuador. Embassy staff would return to Mexico as AMLO called the arrest an "authoritarian" act and a violation of international law and Mexican sovereignty.

Colombian President Gustavo Petro said it will seek human rights protections for Glas from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, saying his right to asylum was "barbarously violated."


  1. Let's be realistic if Mexico and Ecuador where to go to war which I doubt by the way . Mexico would wipe the floor with Ecuador

    1. 11:26 - Oh, 100 percent Mexico would wipe the floor with Ecuador. Mexico has like 7 times the population Ecuador does. I believe Mexico has a population of around 130 million while Ecuador only has a population of around 18 million. But like you said I doubt war is even an option Mexico is considering right now. Especially not with Presidential elections being in a few months. From what I’ve read, Mexico is planning on taking this to the International Court Of Justice.

    2. 11:26 - Historically speaking, Mexico has never been a country who was quick to go to war. But if Mexico were to go to war with Ecuador, Mexico would definitely beat Ecuador. Mexico has way more manpower than Ecuador to keep the war going for a long time. Not to mention Mexico’s military has way more combat experience since they’ve been dealing with the cartels for decades.

    3. Yeah? Where are the battles going to be? In the ocean?

    4. Ecuadorian president has the pelotas ELMO wish he had 🏀🏀

    5. 200pm maybe but he lacks the 🧠 AMLO has though. Forcing your way into an embassy is something the U.S won't even "accidentally" do. Now more than 30 countries are condemning the act and about to hold ecuador accountable.

    6. This is no big deal, not much countries stepped in. Lol a war over a Ecadorian criminalbno manches.
      Next you youngsters going to say, ALMO has the button to nuke Ecuador.😂😂😹

    7. @12:45 Well after Mexico drives all of their tanks, artillery, and cannons from CDX Mexico to the Darrien Gap, Ecaudor will be waiting for them at the tip near Colombia or maybe Peru.

      Mexico might even be able to find one of their Black Hawk's laying around if the spare parts can be found for the last shootout with Mencho and Chapitos.

      Ohhh, maybe the Cartels will get involved with the war with Ecuador too. That way we could force a regime change right before the 2024 USA Elections. Ohhh, and then maybe we could fuck around with Venezuela some more.

      You have Jaliscos and Chapitos reunited for one last frontier. The fight to end Ecuador's growing power in the narcotics trade. Since there is now enough cocaine in production to supply North America, Central America, South America, Australia, the whole EU, Russia, China, and Uzbekistan...... prices are low and quality is high thanks to new genetic hybrids of coca plants that yield much more alkaloid content in the same space and plant.

      The high yielding alkaloids found in the Bolivian coca plant is euphoric like softly coming down on pure MDMA after the rush is over and the peak has plateaued. Other cultivars of coca plants can have a sedating effect, while others might have a strong stimulating effect.

      Colombians do not like speedy cocaine. They hate that shit. They prefer pure powder and hard home cooked crackrocks that fizzle my nizzle.

      Jaliso and LFM will kiss eachothers - den, after that they will create #Legion. A joint, coordinated effort to destroy Ecuador using FPV drones laden with plastic explosives, hand grenades, and chemical weapons.

      Ecuador in response will throw Bat Guano onto the Cartel's eyes so they get a weird H5N2^3 mutated bird virus in their blood and pass it to their lovers and life partners until it goes airborne and mates with Ebola.

      Then, they will use their hypersonic missiles they got from the Houthis in exchange for a couple tons of crystal meth and fentanyl China Blanco La Chiva Diablita pendejo.

      India will keep score and China sell ketamine and 2C-B to whoever survives the war.

    8. 8:45 - Actually, Mexico is one of few countries who possesses the technical capabilities to manufacture nuclear weapons, but has chosen not to. Mexico has pledged to only use its nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. Plus, I don’t Mexico would even need nukes to defeat Ecuador. Mexico has way more manpower and has way more combat experience than Ecuador.

    9. 8:45 calm down son . Mexico doesn't have nukes

    10. Mexico is the only Latin American country to have tier 1 special operators.

    11. 9:03 Pops put on your glasses 🤓,
      So you can see better...8:45 never said Mexico has Nukes. Pops 😂 lol

  2. Imagine being called El Patron just to die worse than a stray . From my understanding Los Chonores are overall stronger than los Lobos

  3. I support Ecuador on this.Nothing wrong seizing this clown before he took off.

    1. 11:29 - Well, most countries seem to disagree with your statement. Invading an embassy is a problem that makes sheltering confessed criminals look small and even more so from an international perspective because outside of Ecuador, who cares about that criminal? Pretty much every country that has spoken on this issue has condemned Ecuador’s actions and has backed Mexico. Brazil, Panama, Guatemala, Venezuela, Cuba, Honduras, Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom, Canada, Russia and the U.S. are just some of the countries that have condemned Ecuador’s actions. Even the spokesperson for Iran’s foreign ministry has condemned Ecuador’s actions. Nicaragua even went as far as to cut all diplomatic relations with Ecuador in solidarity of Mexico. I genuinely don’t think I’ve heard of any country who has come out to support Ecuador in this issue. But at least Ecuador has your support. 😁

    2. Because most countries have corrupt government officials

    3. 1225 right on. Por fin, alguien que sabe de lo que esta hablando. This is beyond giving asylum to a criminal.

    4. Especially Mexico

    5. 12:25 - Not only that, but 30 out of the 32 countries of the OAS ( The Organization Of American States ) have condemned the actions of Ecuador and supported Mexico. The only two who didn’t were Ecuador themselves and El Salvador who chose to abstain.

    6. Hey I told you I support Ecuador so live with it 1225 741

  4. Corrupt protecting the corrupt, not a good look...

  5. Mexico only owns 2 used fighter jets. It was last on the list of countries with most fighter jets.

    1. I bet you the 2 they have are 1970s vintage, they have not turned them on in awhile, they probably break apart, when started.

    2. 8:39 - Actually, Mexico is very consistent with maintenance on its jets since they only have like 2 or 3. They take them out for a flight test very often. And even if their jets didn’t work, you guys are acting like jets are a Wunderwaffe. Mexico has enough manpads to shoot down Ecuador’s jet, which Ecuador doesn’t have a lot of either. They have more than Mexico, but their jets are also not very modern.

    3. 2:44 get some sleep.
      If they actually worked, they would not make to Ecuador 😂 lol, your funny.
      Next thing you're going to say, they have 3 worships ..The Bendito Juarez, The Pancho Villa and The India Maria.

    4. 2:20 - Mexico actually has multiple corvettes, frigates, and a couple of missile boats. Many of these are equipped with helipads for their choppers. If you don’t believe me or if you don’t believe the commenter at 2:44 who talked about Mexico’s working jets, you can simply google these things and I’m sure you’ll find a few videos on this matter.

    5. At 5:49 he is a Chayotero defending ALMO all the way.

    6. 8:08 : Literally no one mentioned AMLO in this thread but you.

    7. @8:08 It’s spelled AMLO not ALMO. And you are the only one who has mentioned him. No one else did.

    8. 8:49 you should know by now Obrador has many akas..


  6. Mexico is soft AF. They won’t do anything under Elmo

    1. Mexico is friends( with everyone) giving it and edge over everyone in any situation. . Close relations with China and Russia in case of any backstabbing by Uncle Sam .. Mexico is like a wildcard . Mexico has the numbers population and can easily get technology not to mention a proud heritage when faced with war Mexicans will be very united .Winning a war is not as easy as who’s got the best technology as we’ve seen with Israel and Palestine .

    2. 11:17 Mexicanos will only defend themselves of an unprovoked attack. What happened in Ecuador is not that.

  7. Unfortunately the embassy is supposed to be completely sovereign of any government. Although I agree with arresting the corrupt SOB! They screwed up going in after him. What sucks is how many people has this POS killed indirectly by enabling the drug trafficking and then rubbing it in everybody's face by hanging out with the Boss and taking pictures for God's sake! Seriously asshole? Praying for Mexico and USA and now Ecuador? What do you guys think?

  8. I could be wrong, but it looks like someone wanted El Patron dead.


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