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Bolivia Raises Coca Cultivation Limits, Widens Legal Supply-Demand Gap

Bolivia Raises Coca Cultivation Limits, Widens Legal Supply-Demand Gap

(Q24N / Insightcrime.org) Bolivia’s government has agreed to raise permitted levels of legal coca production after violent protests by farmers, in a move that exacerbates the flaw in the country’s otherwise largely successful coca policy: the gap between legal production and legal consumption. On February 23, the Bolivian government and coca farmers came to an […]

Demobilization of FARC In Colombia Could Threaten Costa Rica Security: Minister

Demobilization of FARC In Colombia Could Threaten Costa Rica Security: Minister

Q COSTA RICA (Insightcrime.org) Authorities in Costa Rica are worried that the dismantling of Colombia’s main guerrilla group could threaten the country’s stability, as a new generation of criminal networks are likely to take over the drug routes formerly held by the insurgents. Speaking before the congressional Security and Drug Trafficking Commission, Security Minister Gustavo […]

“There Is No Beach in Costa Rica That Drug Traffickers Have Not Penetrated”, Security Minister

“There Is No Beach in Costa Rica That Drug Traffickers Have Not Penetrated”, Security Minister

Q COSTA RICA – Costa Rica’s Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (minister of Security), Gustavo Mata, has denounced an increase in drug trafficking in the country, and asked legislators to accelerate the approval of the bill on “Annulment of Ownership” in order to strengthen the fight against organized crime. The minister made the remarks during his […]

Panama’s Record Drug Seizures Reflect Colombia’s Cocaine Boom

Panama’s Record Drug Seizures Reflect Colombia’s Cocaine Boom

(Q24N) Insigthcrime.org – Authorities in Panama say they have seized more drugs in 2016 than in any other year since 2000, and soaring cocaine production in neighboring Colombia may be the most likely explanation behind this rise. As of December 13, authorities had intercepted 62.3 metric tons of cocaine and marijuana — 7 percent more […]

Colombia’s Growing Local Drug Market Now Worth US$2 Billion

Colombia’s Growing Local Drug Market Now Worth US$2 Billion

Changing economic and criminal dynamics in the country had led to internal drug market growth in Colombia (Today Colombia) – Insightcrime.org -Colombia’s internal drug market has grown over the past few decades and is now worth an estimated US$2 billion dollars, a trend driven by changing economic and criminal dynamics in the country. A new […]

Panama Dismisses Judge For Not Ordering To Detention Four Costa Rican Narcos

Panama Dismisses Judge For Not Ordering To Detention Four Costa Rican Narcos

(QCOSTARICA) Panama’s Supreme Court dismissed a judge who set four Costa Ricans free after being arrested with 500 kilos of cocaine. La Prensa in Panama reports the Full Court “decided to annul” the interim appointment of Mixila Alicia Méndez Sánchez as judge of  Garantías en el Circuito Judicial de Chiriquí (west). The decision was made […]

Cocaine Found in Shipment From Costa Rica To Coca Cola France Revives the Legend

Cocaine Found in Shipment From Costa Rica To Coca Cola France Revives the Legend

Factory workers at Coca-Cola in France found 370 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipment of orange juice from Costa Rica, according to the French media.The discovery of the drug was made on Tuesday inside a container in the town of Signes, near the Mediterranean coast. Factory employees reported immediately to the police and judicial […]

Nervousness Got The Better Of Drug Mule At San Jose Airport

Nervousness Got The Better Of Drug Mule At San Jose Airport

QCOSTARICA – Nerves got the better of an Italian tourist in Costa Rica, found carrying some 370.55 grams of cocaine on his person, at the San Jose airport, ingested to avoid detection. According to the Minsiterio de Seguridad Publica (MSP), the detection was made when the man, due to extreme nervousness when approached by officials […]

Tourists Risk Prison in Costa Rica For Drug Smuggling

Tourists Risk Prison in Costa Rica For Drug Smuggling

QCOSTARICA – Tourists travelling to Costa Rica for fun in the sun and to becoming a drug mule – “burro” in Spanish – is a common occurrence, says the Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP), that maintains strict controls at the Juan Santamaria international airport. According to statistics from the Policía de Control de Drogas (PCD) […]

Italian Attempted to Leave Costa Rica With 101 Ovules of Cocaine In His Stomach

Italian Attempted to Leave Costa Rica With 101 Ovules of Cocaine In His Stomach

QCOSTARICA – The lure of fast money continues to tempt foreigners visiting Costa Rica, mocking airport security controls and place their lives at risk, becoming drug mules. The latest is of an Italian, arrested Monday at the Juan Santamaría (San Jose airport) in Alajuela, hiding 101 ovules of cocaine in his stomach. The man, identified […]

The Costa Rica – New York “Coke” Connection

The Costa Rica – New York “Coke” Connection

QCOSTARICA – Coke and a slice was their daily special. A mobbed up Queens couple and their son were arrested Wednesday, accused of ​using their ​pizzeria and a produce business as mom​-​and​-​pop fronts for a cocaine operation that stretched from Corona to Costa Rica, according to a Brooklyn federal court complaint. Gregorio and Ele​o​nora Gigliotti, […]