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Costa Rica to focus on against small-scale drug dealing

The new Minister of Public Security, Jorge Torres Carrillo, stated that in the next four years, the Government will focus on the fight against...

Knife Assaults account for 15 percent of homicides in Costa Rica

Unfortunately, crime is increasing in Costa Rica and tourists are frequent victims.  While petty theft is the main problem, armed robberies have been known...

Airline crew robbed en route to Costa Rica airport, report says

American Airlines has eliminated change fees for most international tickets, the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier announced Friday via a press release.

Tamarindo inaugurates new Tourist Police station

Tamarindo is one of the Guanacaste towns with the highest incidences of reported crime.

Costa Rica registered slight increase in homicides during 2020

Costa Rica registered 569 homicides in 2020, representing a slight increase over the previous year, according to preliminary data provided by Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ). 

Costa Rica dismantles human trafficking network

Costa Rica on Thursday dismantled a human trafficking network that operated for the purpose of sexual exploitation, and authorities detained 10 people who led the operation, the Migration Directorate reported.

Security guard receives 16 years in prison for murder of Carla Stefaniak

Espinoza Martinez received 16 years in prison.

United States donates armored vehicles, helps expand crime investigation lab in Costa Rica

The U.S. Embassy also provided OIJ and the Public Security Ministry (MSP) with a total of four armored vehicles, valued at $250,000 each. 

Three North Americans receive jail time for Costa Rica-based telemarketing scam

The scheme, operated from a Costa Rica call center, defrauded primarily elderly U.S. citizens of approximately $11 million.

French chef stabbed to death on Costa Rican beach

A French chef who was vacationing on a beach in northwestern Costa Rica was stabbed to death in an apparent fight over a cell phone, judicial police said Thursday.

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