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Alleged Mexican drug lord pleads not guilty in US court
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Alleged Mexican drug lord pleads not guilty in US court

Mariano Andrade | AFP - December 18, 2015

NEW YORK – Alleged Mexican drug lord Tirso Martínez Sánchez pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges Friday, one day after he was extradited to face the charges in…

Nephews of Venezuelan first lady deny US drug charges
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Nephews of Venezuelan first lady deny US drug charges

AFP - December 17, 2015

NEW YORK – Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady appeared in a Manhattan court Thursday and denied charges of conspiring to smuggle cocaine into the United States. Efraín…

Venezuela national guard chief accused in US drug trafficking indictment
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Venezuela national guard chief accused in US drug trafficking indictment

AFP - December 16, 2015

NEW YORK – Venezuela's national guard chief has been accused in a soon-to-be-unsealed U.S. indictment of being on the payroll of drug traffickers, The New York Times reported…

Costa Rica authorities smash local organized crime ring involved in drug trafficking, homicides
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Costa Rica authorities smash local organized crime ring involved in drug trafficking, homicides

The Tico Times - October 27, 2015

It was a busy morning for Costa Rica's law enforcement agencies. Agents from the Drug Control Police, the Judicial Investigation Police, and other agencies conducted 29 raids in…

US anti-drug trafficking review arrives in Costa Rica as lawmakers debate permissions
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US anti-drug trafficking review arrives in Costa Rica as lawmakers debate permissions

The Tico Times - October 22, 2015

The U.S. President’s National Drug Control Strategy Interdiction Committee met with President Luis Guillermo Solís and other Costa Rican officials as part of a regional tour Wednesday.…

Colombian family arrested with 3 kilos of heroin and cocaine in their stomachs
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Colombian family arrested with 3 kilos of heroin and cocaine in their stomachs

AFP - October 20, 2015

BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Colombian police said Monday they had arrested a family of four, including a teenager, who were together carrying 91 cocaine and heroin capsules in their stomachs.…

Italian mafia ‘interested’ in drug trafficking in Costa Rica, says Interpol
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Italian mafia ‘interested’ in drug trafficking in Costa Rica, says Interpol

The Tico Times - October 16, 2015

Days after Costa Rican authorities arrested seven suspects in connection to an Italian cocaine-smuggling ring, Interpol says that mafia groups like the 'ndrangheta are looking to enter…

Costa Rica takes down more suspects in cocaine trafficking network run by Italian mafia
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Costa Rica takes down more suspects in cocaine trafficking network run by Italian mafia

Álvaro Sánchez - October 14, 2015

PITAL DE SAN CARLOS, Alajuela – A cassava packing company in the northern Costa Rican community of La Tabla de Pital de San Carlos and a pineapple processor in Chilamate…

Costa Rica’s ‘Macho Coca’: A fishmonger accused of being a drug lord
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Costa Rica’s ‘Macho Coca’: A fishmonger accused of being a drug lord

The Tico Times - October 14, 2015

In the early 1990s Gilbert Bell was known in the Caribbean province of Limón for his successful fishing business. Bell ran a fish dock where boats could…

Honduran football and banking magnates indicted on money laundering charges in US
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Honduran football and banking magnates indicted on money laundering charges in US

Diego Urdaneta | AFP and The Tico Times - October 8, 2015

The president of a champion Honduran football club whose home stadium bears his name has been indicted in the U.S. on money laundering charges linked to drug…