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Costa Rica’s Public Security Minister calls for new organized crime unit after spike in killings
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Costa Rica’s Public Security Minister calls for new organized crime unit after spike in killings

Zach Dyer - October 15, 2015

Any doubts about the presence of sophisticated organized criminal organizations in Costa Rica were dashed Wednesday morning. The Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) raided several properties across Costa…

Costa Rican police join human rights group to launch campaign against LGBT discrimination
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Costa Rican police join human rights group to launch campaign against LGBT discrimination

Zach Dyer - February 26, 2015

Costa Rica’s National Police academy and the Center for Research and Promotion of Human Rights in Central America, CIPAC, launched a national campaign Thursday to raise awareness…

Emergency airlift of 7-year-old girl briefly closes Paseo Colón
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Emergency airlift of 7-year-old girl briefly closes Paseo Colón

Zach Dyer - February 9, 2015

This is the best reason to sit through a traffic jam on San José's Paseo Colón. A Public Security Ministry helicopter medevaced a 7-year-old girl who suffered an apparent…

UPDATE: Costa Rica cop accidentally shoots other cop. Several police officers try to cover it up, get fired.
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UPDATE: Costa Rica cop accidentally shoots other cop. Several police officers try to cover it up, get fired.

Zach Dyer - July 11, 2014

Update, Friday, 3:30 p.m. A story that started early Friday morning as a brazen attack on a police officer outside President Luis Guillermo Solís' home unraveled this afternoon…

Costa Rica police arrest 90 during World Cup match against the Netherlands
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Brazil 2014
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Costa Rica police arrest 90 during World Cup match against the Netherlands

Zach Dyer - July 7, 2014

National Police arrested 90 people in brawls and other incidents during and after Costa Rica’s match against the Netherlands on Saturday, according to a statement from the Public…

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Police seize over $100,000 since opening new border checkpoint

Zach Dyer - July 5, 2014

[caption id="attachment_41745" align="alignright" width="231"] Courtesy Public Security Ministry[/caption] Costa Rican Border Police have seized over $100,000 in cash in the southern region of the country since opening a…

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U.S. beachgoer tries to burn down police station after his arrest in Tamarindo

Zach Dyer - June 10, 2014

[caption id="attachment_39024" align="alignright" width="400"] Courtesy Public Security Ministry[/caption] Santa Cruz National Police arrested a 29-year-old U.S. citizen in the beach town of Tamarindo, Guanacaste, who reportedly tried…

Government shakes up prison leadership after torture allegations
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Government shakes up prison leadership after torture allegations

Zach Dyer - June 5, 2014

Justice Minister Cristina Ramírez announced new leadership of Costa Rica's penitentiary police Thursday following a scathing report from the Supreme Court alleging torture in La Reforma prison…

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Costa Rica police seize nearly 2 tons of cocaine this weekend

AFP and The Tico Times - May 18, 2014

https://twitter.com/seguridadcr/status/467715583799066624 Costa Rica's battle with international drug traffickers continued this weekend with the Saturday seizure of 1.7 tons of cocaine during two early-morning raids near both the…

Alleged drug kingpin could be released this month from low-security Costa Rica prison after serving less than half of his sentence
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Alleged drug kingpin could be released this month from low-security Costa Rica prison after serving less than half of his sentence

David Boddiger - May 6, 2014

In June 2011, Costa Rica’s public security minister, Mario Zamora, announced with fanfare the arrest of Alexander Leudo Nieves, a Colombian man naturalized as a Costa Rican…

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