In three separate busts on different coasts, Costa Rican police officers and Coast Guard officials seized a total of 442 sea turtle eggs on Monday and Tuesday.
The seven men accused of the murder of sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora will stand trial on October 27, the prosecutor's office confirmed to The Tico Times today. The public trial will be held at a court in Limón on the country's Caribbean Coast, where the murder took place.
Caught in the act: After turtle poacher fails to appear in court, police find him returning from another hunt
Police arrested two men suspected of killing an endangered green sea turtle in Parismina, a fishing village on the northern Caribbean coast, on Tuesday. Law enforcement officials found the two men in a boat with a gutted mother turtle who appears to have been in the process of laying her eggs.
A court outside San José reversed a previous ruling that left a judge from Limón free after her arrest in May for allegedly working with drug trafficking cartels by issuing favorable rulings.
In an early morning raid Friday, agents from Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) arrested Rosa Elena Gamboa, a superior court judge for the province of Limón, on suspicion of corruption and allegedly aiding international drug trafficking cartels.
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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