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US adds Nicaragua to human trafficking blacklist

The United States included Nicaragua on its human trafficking blacklist; Costa Rica remained stable.

Central America arrests break up major human trafficking ring, police say

Judicial and immigration officials in Costa Rica on Tuesday arrested two men suspected of forming part of a criminal group responsible for smuggling migrants across the Americas on their way to the U.S.

On patrol with the Costa Rican Border Police

The Tico Times accompanied a Border Police squad on a patrol along the country's southern border to see how migrants continue to reach Costa Rica.

Police seize 20,000 contraband avocados at Panama border

Border police seized 20,000 pirate avocados at the Panama border on Thursday afternoon, the latest in the ongoing avocado saga that began when Costa Rica banned Mexican avocado imports a year ago.

Costa Rica doubles police presence at Panama border to curb illegal immigration

The Public Security Ministry is doubling the number of officers patrolling the southern border with Panama.

More than 100 African migrants caught entering Costa Rica illegally

Immigration officials accepted refugee applications from 60 of the 116 migrants. The remaining 56 were returned to Panama, according to Immigration Administration spokeswoman Seidy Muñoz.

Costa Rica police bust Cuban migrants smuggling operation

The transnational network, allegedly headed by a Costa Rican woman surnamed Rodríguez Torres charged Cubans between $7,000 and $15,000 to move them into the United States.

Police detain 44 Cuban migrants in Guanacaste

Authorities arrested the Costa Rican driver of the bus carrying the Cubans, identified by the last name Echeverría. He was arrested on human trafficking charges and sent to a flagrancy court, according to the statement.

PHOTOS: Life along the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border

A Tico Times reporter opens his notebook -- and his photo file -- from a recent trip to the northern tip of Alajuela province, along the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border.

Police uncover $352,000 in cash hidden in bus at Panama border

Police arrested the 45-year-old bus driver, identified by the last name Aiza, and another man on board named Ulloa, 47.

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