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US adds Nicaragua to human trafficking blacklist

The United States included Nicaragua on its human trafficking blacklist; Costa Rica remained stable.

Immigration Police detains man linked to human trafficking operation

Police began the trafficking investigation following the disappearance last year of three Ticos who allegedly paid Barboza to take them to Miami via Panama and Barbados.

Central America arrests break up major human trafficking ring, police say

Judicial and immigration officials in Costa Rica on Tuesday arrested two men suspected of forming part of a criminal group responsible for smuggling migrants across the Americas on their way to the U.S.

On patrol with the Costa Rican Border Police

The Tico Times accompanied a Border Police squad on a patrol along the country's southern border to see how migrants continue to reach Costa Rica.

Costa Rica police detain 51 migrants from Asia, Africa, Middle East

National Police officers detained a truck near the Central Pacific town of Jacó early Wednesday carrying 51 undocumented migrants from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Police arrest suspect carrying marijuana-based medicine and other pharmaceuticals at Nicaraguan border

The 12,428 tablets, pills, vials and other items the 39-year-old suspect carried included amoxicillin, tetracycline, and diclofenac, among others.

US court sentences Costa Rican woman to 30 months in jail for role in human smuggling network

A Costa Rican woman on Friday was sentenced in a Florida court to 30 months in prison for her role in a conspiracy to smuggle more than 25 undocumented Cuban migrants to that country, the U.S. Department of Justice reported.

Costa Rican officials detain 23 undocumented migrants near Panama border

Costa Rican National Police officers conducting a routine patrol at 3 a.m. on Monday detained a group of 23 undocumented migrants – 19 of them from Nepal – while attempting to enter the country from Panama.

Booze bootleggers busted after bribe backfires

Cops seized 597 cases of booze, including rum, whiskey, tequila and beer, worth an estimated ₡20 million ($38,000).

Costa Rica serves as a corridor for Asians, Africans migrating to the US

Flying migrants back to Asia or Africa cost the Costa Rican government $259,490 in 2013, according to Gladys Jiménez, acting director of the Immigration Administration.

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