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Public Security Ministry to build police station in Puerto Viejo

The Public Security Ministry also doubled the number of National Police officers in the Cahuita district who are patrolling the Caribbean town around the clock.

Canadian tourist stabbed to death on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast

The man was was apparently on his way to the beach, interested in taking photographs of the sunrise.

Italian arrested with liquid cocaine at Costa Rica airport

The suspect was toting 5,995 grams of liquid cocaine in a black hydration pack hidden inside a blue backpack he carried on his way to Rome.

Airport police arrest Tico with more than a kilo of cocaine

Araya is the 16th drug smuggler nabbed at Juan Santamaría International Airport so far this year. He was the second Costa Rican arrested with drugs; the other suspected smugglers were all foreign nationals.

Crime against tourists down, says Costa Rica’s Tourism Police director

Tourism Police Director Xinia Vásquez told The Tico Times in a telephone interview that crimes against tourists have shown a downward trend since 2010.

Israeli tourist caught smuggling cocaine at Costa Rica airport

Arrested with more than 3 kilograms of cocaine in his suitcase, the tourist becomes the first drug mule caught in Costa Rica this year, according to the Public Security Ministry.

Costa Rica Coast Guard rescues injured US tourist in Las Catalinas

The U.S. man was taking a walk when he apparently lost his balance and fell into a rock formation in the water below, where he sustained several injuries across his body, according to a statement from the Public Security Ministry.

Crime threatens to tarnish Tortuguero’s tourist industry

Area hotel owners and guides say a lack of resources for law enforcement and insufficient response from the Costa Rican Tourism Board could damage the scenic Caribbean destination's reputation with visitors.

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