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Costa Rican authorities arrest 10 suspected of drug trafficking, announce Colombian partnership
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Costa Rican authorities arrest 10 suspected of drug trafficking, announce Colombian partnership

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 12, 2019

Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) and the Public Security Ministry (MSP) detained 10 people with suspected ties to international drug trafficking, according to press releases from…

Costa Rica seizes boat with half-ton of cocaine
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Costa Rica seizes boat with half-ton of cocaine

AFP - December 30, 2018

Costa Rican authorities on Thursday seized a boat carrying 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of cocaine and arrested five suspected traffickers, the government said. They moved on the…

Cocaine-stuffed pineapples shipped from Costa Rica to Europe
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Drug trafficking
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Cocaine-stuffed pineapples shipped from Costa Rica to Europe

AFP - August 28, 2018

Spanish police said Monday they have seized 67 kilograms of cocaine found inside dozens of hollowed-out pineapples at Madrid's main wholesale fruit and vegetable market. The drug-stuffed…

400 kilos of cocaine are seized in Costa Rica
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Drugs
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400 kilos of cocaine are seized in Costa Rica

AFP - June 12, 2018

Costa Rican authorities seized 406 kilos of cocaine that were hidden in a container in a vessel that originated in the Colombian port of Turbo, authorities reported…

Costa Rica’s police force plans to add 1,000 officers
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica’s police force plans to add 1,000 officers

The Tico Times - January 10, 2017

The Costa Rican government plans to take more than $80 million dollars (₡45 billion) from the revenues that would be generated by a new tax law to increase…

Judge approves extradition of Mexican drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán
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Crime
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Judge approves extradition of Mexican drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán

AFP - October 20, 2016

Mexico's government moved closer on Thursday to achieving the extradition of notorious drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán to the United States, after a judge rejected an appeal.…

Five Costa Ricans caught with 600 kilos of cocaine off Colombian coast
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Costa Rica
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Five Costa Ricans caught with 600 kilos of cocaine off Colombian coast

The Tico Times - October 14, 2016

Colombia's navy captured five Costa Rican men on board a boat containing more than half a ton of cocaine off Colombia's Malpelo Island in the Pacific Ocean…

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

The Tico Times - 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…

Police discover 33 illegal landing strips along Pacific coast
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Police discover 33 illegal landing strips along Pacific coast

The Tico Times - April 14, 2016

From Costa Rica's southern border with Panama north to Nicaragua, police discovered dozens of clandestine airstrips in a series of recent flyovers along the country's Pacific coast. In…

Drug plane crashes off Puerto Jiménez in southern Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Drug plane crashes off Puerto Jiménez in southern Costa Rica

The Tico Times - April 12, 2016

A small plane crashed into the ocean off Puerto Jiménez in the canton of Golfito early Tuesday morning. A body was found floating alongside the wreckage. Police came to the scene around…