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Notorious crime family members indicted; alleged ties to Costa Rican sportsbook
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Costa Rica
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Notorious crime family members indicted; alleged ties to Costa Rican sportsbook

Michael Krumholtz - December 16, 2016

United States authorities indicted 13 men in New York City on Thursday who had apparent connections to a sportsbook operation located in Costa Rica. Local prosecutors said the defendants have ties…

Park rangers arrested in drug bust
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Park rangers arrested in drug bust

Michael Krumholtz - August 22, 2016

A pair of park rangers from Costa Rica's Environment Ministry (MINAE) were among those arrested Monday morning in a raid on a drug trafficking organization that officials say…

Judge orders closure of overcrowded San Sebastián prison
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Judge orders closure of overcrowded San Sebastián prison

Michael Krumholtz - August 1, 2016

Costa Rica's overcrowded San Sebastián prison that inmates describe as "hell on Earth" could be closing its gates for good after a San José judge ordered it shut down.…

Cuba Dave set to finish year in preventive prison on allegations of promoting sex tourism
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Cuba Dave set to finish year in preventive prison on allegations of promoting sex tourism

Michael Krumholtz - July 21, 2016

David "Cuba Dave" Strecker is set to finish out a full year in preventive prison for allegations of promoting sex tourism in Costa Rica. The 65-year-old U.S. citizen…

Four U.S. men charged in connection with billion-dollar Costa Rica sportsbook operation
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Four U.S. men charged in connection with billion-dollar Costa Rica sportsbook operation

Michael Krumholtz - July 1, 2016

A billion-dollar sports gambling operation based out of San José, Costa Rica may be out of luck after United States authorities arrested the men they say are the…

Coast Guard seizes 2.5 tons of sailfish
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Coast Guard seizes 2.5 tons of sailfish

Michael Krumholtz - June 30, 2016

Coast Guard officials nabbed 2.5 tons of illegal sailfish off the coast of Caldera, Puntarenas Wednesday afternoon, marking the largest ever confiscation of sailfish here. According to the…

Michigan fugitive John Saatio to be extradited Saturday
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Michigan fugitive John Saatio to be extradited Saturday

Michael Krumholtz - June 24, 2016

After escaping from authorities on two separate occasions, U.S. fugitive John Wesley Saatio won't have a third chance to run free in Costa Rica. Costa Rican Security Minister…

Police arrest suspected killers of Gerardo Cruz
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Police arrest suspected killers of Gerardo Cruz

L. Arias - June 7, 2016

Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) arrested six people Tuesday morning allegedly responsible for the killing of Gerardo Cruz, a young man stabbed days after publicly shaming a video voyeur…

Costa Rica’s justice minister: ‘We are not releasing inmates’
Crime
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Crime
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Costa Rica’s justice minister: ‘We are not releasing inmates’

L. Arias - December 2, 2015

Costa Rica’s Justice Minister Cecilia Sánchez Romero appeared earlier this week before the Legislative Assembly to explain why her office reduced prison sentences for hundreds of inmates in a decision…

Puerto Viejo: Is it time to lift the US travel alert?
Crime and Punishment
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Crime and Punishment
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Puerto Viejo: Is it time to lift the US travel alert?

The Tico Times - November 9, 2015

U.S. Embassy officials recently met with expats in Puerto Viejo, the lively tourist mecca on Costa Rican’s southern Caribbean coast, to discuss a travel alert that has…

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