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News briefs: Costa Rica news highlights to start your Tuesday

We hope you're reading this with a delicious Costa Rican coffee or traditional gallo pinto. Here's the Costa Rica (and regional) news you should know on Tuesday, October 27.

Costa Rica’s top prison official steps down

Justice Minister Cristina Ramírez's resignation was announced during the president’s weekly press conference at Casa Presidencial Tuesday. She will step down Tuesday to accept a position with the National Insurance Institute.

Costa Rica’s Supreme Court powers down 3 electronic billboards along heavily transited roads

Three recent rulings issued by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, prompted the Public Works and Transport Ministry to turn off the lights on three electronic billboards along major roadways in the Costa Rican capital.

Golfito fishermen caught with 2 tons of cocaine show up for appeal, get 6 months preventive detention

Last week, we reported on a curious story of three Costa Rican fishermen who were nabbed with almost two tons of cocaine near the southern Pacific port city of Golfito. Then-Public Security Minister Mario Zamora called the arrest "the most important [drug] seizure in years."

Limón judge ordered release of known drug trafficker busted with 300 kilos of cocaine

Prosecutors in the province of Limón are furious over a judge's recent decision to release on bail a known drug trafficker busted with 300 kilograms of cocaine near the Limón airport, on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast.

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