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

Michael Krumholtz - 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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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

Michael Krumholtz - 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

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…

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

Michael Krumholtz - 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

Michael Krumholtz - 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…

In the US, people are drinking themselves to death at record rates
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Drugs
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In the US, people are drinking themselves to death at record rates

Christopher Ingraham | The Washington Post - December 22, 2015

Alcohol is killing people in the United States at a rate not seen in at least 35 years, according to new federal data. Last year, more than 30,700…

Spike in ketamine overdoses prompts tighter controls
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Spike in ketamine overdoses prompts tighter controls

L. Arias - October 1, 2015

Health Ministry officials confirmed Wednesday that they will include ketamine in the list of controlled substances in Costa Rica. The drug is primarily an anaesthetic for humans and animals, but…

Costa Rican cops bust Italian man with 101 cocaine-filled capsules in his stomach
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Crime
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Costa Rican cops bust Italian man with 101 cocaine-filled capsules in his stomach

AFP - March 31, 2015

Costa Rican police on Tuesday arrested an Italian man as he attempted to board a flight to Italy with 101 cocaine-filled capsules in his stomach, authorities said.…

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

L. Arias - 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…

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