Weapons, cellphones seized after deadly Ecuador prison riots

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in Ecuador say law enforcement officers responding to the country’s deadliest prison riots have seized firearms, cellphones, handmade weapons and other banned objects. Authorities on Thursday said the seizures happened Wednesday night in one of the prisons where seemingly coordinated fights among gangs broke out Monday, leaving dozens of inmates dead and exposing the limited control that authorities have over people behind bars. The national agency overseeing detention centers said officers in that prison in the Pacific coast city of Guayaquil were also able to thwart the escape of inmates and captured more than 10 who were already outside the facility’s perimeter.