• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Drug cartel presence expected to grow in Costa Rica

December 14, 2010

United States officials expect the presence of drug cartels to grow in Costa Rica, as traffickers recognize the country’s vulnerabilities in deteriorating equipment and lack of armed forces.

According to Phil Springer, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) representative, the Sinaloa cartel has already established a presence in Costa Rica and has been storing an repackaging drugs for shipment north.

“[Costa Rica] doesn’t have army and doesn’t have a very strong police force,” he said in an interview with ADN radio. “In less than a year, the other cartels are going to see Costa Rica as an opportunity to have more power. They will take advantage of the saying ‘Pura Vida’.”

The interview comes at the same time the United States is requesting an extension of an agreement that allows the U.S. to use Costa Rican waters to fight trafficking.

The last time the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly was asked to review the agreement – known as the Joint Maritime Agreement – a handful of lawmakers rejected it, questioning its success and voicing skepticism over the motives of the United States.

The Joint Maritime Agreement eventually passed 31-8, but the controversy of the United States presence continued to be questioned.

You may be interested

Avianca to offer direct flights between Miami and Costa Rica
Costa Rica
1913 views
Costa Rica
1913 views

Avianca to offer direct flights between Miami and Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 10, 2021

Avianca announced a daily nonstop flight between the San José area and Miami, Florida, scheduled to start July 1. According…

Panama authorizes use of Chinese vaccine against Covid-19
Latin America
2121 views
Latin America
2121 views

Panama authorizes use of Chinese vaccine against Covid-19

AFP - April 10, 2021

Panama authorized "emergency" use of the CoronaVac vaccine, from the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, to combat Covid-19, the government announced…

Costa Rica coronavirus data for Friday, April 9
Costa Rica
57 views
Costa Rica
57 views

Costa Rica coronavirus data for Friday, April 9

The Tico Times - April 9, 2021

The country registered 907 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, April 7; 877 on Thursday, April 8; and 914 cases…