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Costa Rica Money Laundering Investigation Results in 35 Raids

The Organization of Judicial Investigations (OIJ) launched 35 simultaneous raids early this morning as a part of a case of an alleged large scale...

U.S. Embassy donates $1 million in cars to Costa Rica’s Justice Ministry

Sixteen new vehicles were donated to the Ministry of Justice by the United States Embassy.

U.S. donates new Coast Guard boats, finances new facilities

The Public Security Ministry (MSP) on Thursday commemorated the delivery of two new boats that were donated to the Coast Guard by the United States.c

With U.S. support, Costa Rica adds new plane to police fleet

The Air Surveillance Service (SVA) of Costa Rica's Public Security Ministry on Monday unveiled a new airplane meant to assist in anti-drug operations. 

Costa Rican authorities arrest 10 suspected of drug trafficking, announce Colombian partnership

Michael Soto Rojas, the Minister of Public Security, said the effort — which involved MSP, National Police and the country's Air Surveillance Service — demonstrated the importance of cooperation between Costa Rica's police forces.

U.S. Embassy makes donation to support air surveillance operations in Costa Rica

The embassy's donation will fund operations of the ministry's Air Surveillance Service – in particular, the special missions carried out using an aircraft seized from two drug smugglers.

US judge postpones hearing in drug case of Venezuela first lady’s nephews

A U.S. federal judge has postponed until next month a hearing in the drug smuggling case of two nephews of Venezuela's first lady. The hearing will now take place just days before Venezuelans go to the polls.

Spike in ketamine overdoses prompts tighter controls

Costa Rica's Health Ministry has included the anaesthetic ketamine in the country's list of controlled substances following an increase in overdoses.

Drug-smuggling pigeon caught outside Costa Rica prison

Members of Costa Rica's Penitentiary Police captured a pigeon carrying marijuana and cocaine near La Reforma prison in Palmares on Tuesday.

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