A stash of 1.5 tons of marihuana was seized at the Ecuadorean port of Guayaquil, the Ecuadorean Ministry of Interior reported on April 17. “About two tons of drugs from micro-trafficking have been seized, compared to the three tons from international trafficking,” the official said. “The fight against micro-trafficking and internal [drug] consumption continues; 1.5 tons of marihuana were seized in Guayaquil,” the ministry stated via Twitter. Ecuador, a country traditionally considered as a transit country of drugs destined to the United States and Europe, confiscated about 42 tons of drugs in 2012, mainly cocaine, compared to 26 tons in 2011 and 18 tons in 2010. In 2009, a record amount of 68 tons were seized. The officer told the public TV station Gama TV that counter drug units have strengthened their work against micro-trafficking of drugs. On April 15, Minister of Interior José Serrano said that Ecuador seized about five tons of drugs in 2013, including two tons from micro-trafficking. By Dialogo April 19, 2013 Chief of Police General Rodrigo Suárez, said that authorities would give further details about the operation carried out on April 16, and described the seizure it as a “considerable quantity of marihuana that we believe is not for internal consumption.”
Marcus Smart tries to draw the charge on Giannis. Was he still in the restricted area, though? (via @ESPN) pic.twitter.com/fzalEI0OyW— Brady Gardner (@BradyDGardner) August 1, 2020The three-point play gave Milwaukee a three-point lead, and the East’s top team went on to win its Florida bubble opener.MORE: NBA playoff bracketSmart wasn’t buying the reason for the overturn.”The excuse was I was late on the charge,” Smart said. “They said the (NBA) Replay Center said I was late and it was a block. Quite frankly, I think we all know what that was about: Giannis had six fouls and they didn’t want to get him out. Just call that spade a spade and that’s just what it is.””I think we all know what that was about… Giannis has 6 fouls. They don’t want to get him out.”Marcus Smart discusses his foul at the end of the 4th quarter. #Celtics pic.twitter.com/57LZysT7oJ— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) August 1, 2020A minute before that review, Antetokounmpo was spared a DQ after appearing to strike Daniel Theis below the belt. The officials ruled after a review that he didn’t commit a hostile act. The Bucks had their MVP on the floor in crunch time Friday night against the Celtics. One Celtics player said the referees wanted it that way and acted accordingly.Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo was playing with five fouls when he jumped into Boston’s Marcus Smart in the lane in the fourth quarter. Antetokounmpo was first called for a charge that would have sent him the bench, only for the call to be changed to a block and an and-one on video review. Giannis had 7 fouls. First one, hits Theis in the groin/stomach, ref stops play, looks it over, and doesn’t call it a foul. A minute later, Smart takes a charge on Giannis, refs look it over and overturned it for an and one🙃🤦🏻♂️ great game, but momentum changed after these calls. pic.twitter.com/EAkgbmNdjE— Isaac Potter (@impotter14) August 1, 2020Officiating crew chief James Capers told a pool reporter that the contact was incidental and thus not a foul. He also said video showed Antetokounmpo’s hand touched Theis on the belt line, not in the groin.NBA Referee James Capers Comments to a pool reporter after tonight’s Celtics-Bucks game: pic.twitter.com/vbIPwg7ZOa— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) August 1, 2020It must be noted that one of Antetokounmpo’s called fouls was this offensive foul that Smart sold earlier in the game.Marcus Smart pretends Giannis kicked him in the nuts to get the call pic.twitter.com/WoOsRwhz9G— Main Team (@MainTeamSports) August 1, 2020But Smart and the Celtics, obviously, aren’t going to cop to that. They just think Giannis got premeditated preferential treatment from the league when it mattered.