Costa Rica: 1.5 tons of cocaine seized

first_img SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – The Costa Rican Coast Guard seized 1.5 tons of cocaine after four crew members fled a boat to avoid arrest on March 13, Mauricio Boraschi, Costa Rica’s national anti-drug commissioner, said. The boat was found on the Caribbean beach of Manzanillo in the province of Limón. Drug Control Police (PCD) agents discovered the cocaine divided into 50 packs along with 30 barrels of fuel to power the four-engine vessel. The crew members escaped into the jungle, Boraschi said. Costa Rican officials have seized five tons of cocaine, eradicated 51,494 marijuana plants and broken up four narco-trafficking gangs so far this year, according to the Ministry of Security. Nearly 90% of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Costa Rica is among 14 nations involved in Operation Martillo, a coordinated effort to stem drug trafficking along the Central American isthmus by working with governments in the region and Europe. [Tico Times (Costa Rica), 13/03/2013; UPI (Costa Rica), 13 /03/2013; El Siglo de Durango (México), 12/03/2013] By Dialogo March 15, 2013last_img read more