• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Joint Costa Rica-US patrols yield more than 2,000 kilos of drugs

March 24, 2015

Joint patrols between the Public Security Ministry’s (MSP) Coast Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard confiscated a total of 1,815 kilos of compressed marijuana, 538 kilos of cocaine and 37 fuel barrels, in three separate operations carried out over the past week in Costa Rica’s Pacific and Caribbean waters. Authorities suspect that the fuel was used to power smuggling boats.

The most recent operation took place in the early hours of Tuesday when MSP Coast Guard officials found the marijuana cargo hidden on the fishing boat Purple Ice, near Cieneguita beach in the Caribbean province of Limón.

Last Friday U.S. Coast Guard officials nabbed fishing boat Capitán Byron off Cape Matapalo in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific. The vessel was carrying 538 kilos of cocaine. All three crew members were detained.

Last Saturday a joint patrol in the Pacific detained the fishing boat La Pipilacha, also near Cape Mata Palo. The boat’s only cargo was  37 fuel barrels, 25 of them empty. All crew members were arrested and taken to the public prosecutor’s office under suspicion of providing fuel for drug boats.

All detainees in these operations are currently in custody and could face penalties of up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.

Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata Vega highlighted on Tuesday morning the importance of joint Costa Rica – U.S. patrols that led to the arrests and seizures.

You may be interested

Costa Rica offering all-expenses-paid vacations: How to enter
Costa Rica
13 views
Costa Rica
13 views

Costa Rica offering all-expenses-paid vacations: How to enter

Alejandro Zúñiga - November 26, 2020

Costa Rica is offering all-expenses-paid vacations for U.S. and Canadian residents who have found life’s essentials during what has been…

Thanksgiving in Costa Rica was a long time coming
Archive
14086 views
Archive
14086 views

Thanksgiving in Costa Rica was a long time coming

Rebecca Kimitch - November 26, 2020

For Thanksgiving 2020 we're looking back on a 2005 piece that, in turn, looked back on Thanksgivings past in Costa…

The race to obtain coronavirus vaccines in Latin America
Latin America
21507 views
Latin America
21507 views

The race to obtain coronavirus vaccines in Latin America

AFP Bureaus - November 26, 2020

While the world waits for vaccine candidates to complete trials and pass safety tests, Latin American countries are accelerating negotiations…