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Costa Rica busts speedboat-using cocaine smuggling ring

Costa Rican authorities busted a ring Wednesday that used speedboats and fishing vessels to smuggle in cocaine from Colombia and Ecuador, officials said.

If you fly between Chicago and L.A. you might be a drug dealer, according to the DEA

If you stop and question enough of the 3 million people who fly from Chicago to Los Angeles, eventually you'll get lucky and stumble upon a drug trafficker.

US anti-drug trafficking review arrives in Costa Rica as lawmakers debate permissions

The committee’s visit to Costa Rica coincides with the latest dust-up over the landing of U.S. aircraft in Costa Rica as part of the joint patrol agreement between the two countries.

DEA agents open Rio de Janeiro office

U.S. agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration have opened an office in Rio de Janeiro, host city for next year's Olympics, to help local forces fight drug and weapons traffickers.

Costa Rica takes down suspected drug trafficker ‘Macho Coca,’ on the DEA’s radar for years

LIMÓN – The name “Macho Coca” is well-known in Costa Rica’s Caribbean port city of Limón. His real surname is Bell, and for many years locals quietly gossiped about his suspected involvement in drug trafficking. Macho Coca also was a target of a long investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

After 23 years in prison, top assassin for Pablo Escobar is a ‘reformed’ man

In an interview with The Tico Times, former Medellín cartel hit man John Jairo Velázquez Vásquez, aka “Popeye,” says he loves Costa Rica, and his former boss used to park his drug airplanes here.

Duh: DEA finally admits marijuana is safer than heroin

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It's official: the U.S. government's top drug cop has acknowledged that marijuana is less dangerous than heroin.

Drug traffickers who cooperate with the US government have it pretty good – too good, watchdog says

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Drug traffickers who cooperate with U.S. federal investigators are poorly vetted, and the Drug Enforcement Administration did not properly monitor at least 240 informants — some of whom crossed the line into illegal activity and were under criminal investigation by other authorities.

Embattled DEA chief to resign following ‘sex parties’ scandal

Michele Leonhart, who has served at the helm of the DEA since 2007, has come under heavy criticism on Capitol Hill since an inspector general report last month documented a series of episodes in which agents hired prostitutes. Agents were also found to have had sex parties with some women hired by Colombian drug cartels.

US federal agents stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin during infamous ‘Silk Road’ probe

The U.S. Department of Justice said Carl Mark Force and Shaun Bridges kept a large amount of the Bitcoin from undercover transactions made as part of efforts in 2013 to find evidence against Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht, or "Dread Pirate Roberts."

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