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Correos de Costa Rica Unveils X-ray technology to check parcels

Post office unveils new x-ray machine to check packages

Dirty money: The real reason for Maduro’s survival

When asked to explain why their efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro have fallen short, Trump administration officials typically cite the sinister influence of Cuba and Russia, which they say has stiffened the regime’s resistance. What they don’t speak about so much is a...

Costa Rica is the second country with the least violence in Central America

Despite the fact that the homicides have worried the population and authorities in the country, Costa Rica is the second with the least violence in Central America, only behind Panama. The data was announced at the XIV Central American Security Conference (XIV Conferencia de Seguridad...

Six Ticos detained in alleged “narco summit” in Colombia

Six Ticos landed into the hands of the Colombian Navy in a supposed "narco summit". As reported by the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo Friday afternoon, a total of eleven suspects were arrested. The other five were four Nicaraguans and a Mexican. The newspaper said that, according...

Crime Will Not Pay In Costa Rica If Law Approved

Legislators of the Comisión de Seguridad y Narcotráfico (Security and Drug Trafficking Commission) approved a text that would allow the State to confiscate assets acquired through crime. According to Gustavo Viales, chairman of the commission, the text has the endorsement of the Instituto Costarricense sobre...

Small Plane Found Abandoned in Southern Zone

Costa Rican authorities on Monday morning found an abandoned aircraft on a farm in Coto 47, in the southern zone, about 7 kilometers from the local landing stip known as La Campiña. Officials of the aerial surveillance service located the Cessna 210 Centurion in a...

U.S. Increases Contribution To Costa Rica To Fight Organized Crime

The United States Congress approved to provide Costa Rica with a US$40.7 million item in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime during 2019. According to the Foreign Ministry, said budget allocation represents an increase of 33% with respect to the aid received from...

Costa Rica Extradites Cuban Drug Dealer

Cuba's Minister of the Interior reports the cooperation with Costa Rica authorities in the extradition of Cuban Neftaly Garcia Testa to the island. The Interpol Office in Havana had issued an arrest warrant for Garcia, identified as an organizer of frustrated drug shipments to Cuba...

Is Latin America Harboring a Mafia State?

(Panam Post) Many analysts are shocked at the collapse of Venezuela, a nation that was once showcased as the cradle of modernity in Latin America. This surprise of course springs from the fact that most observers failed to realize that the ascent of the...

Forgetting a cell phone in a cocaine hiding place will cost the former goalie of San Carls 7 years in prison

Leaving a cell phone forgotten in the house where 900 kilos of cocaine were hidden and two witnesses sank the former goalie of the San Carlos Sports Association, Roman Arrieta, who will now be serving 7 years in prison. Arrieta was arrested on April 12....

Historic blow to the narco: 6 tons of cocaine arrive in Spain in Containers Of Bananas From Costa Rica

More than six tons of cocaine hidden in a shipment of bananas from Costa Rica were confiscated in Spain, hidden among bunches of bananas at an industrial estate in Malaga and arrested 16 people in connection to a suspected drugs ring, Spanish police said...

Police locate ultralight hidden in Osa farm

The Fuerza Public (National Police) found an ultralight type aircraft hidden in a farm in the sector of Playa Carate in the Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas. The officers spotted the ultralight while patrolling the area. The airplane was camouflaged in black sarán (plastic), the type used...

Drug trafficking and organized crime, agenda topics with the United States

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met with Colombia’s defense minister on Friday to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Colombia, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said. The defense ministers of Colombia,  Guillermo Botero and the United States, James Mattis met...

New patrol boats lay siege to drug traffickers in Punta Burica

Costa Rica authorities said on Thursday they had seized two tons of cocaine from a low-profile boat found about 130 km off the coast, one of the biggest drug confiscations made at sea, after receiving a tip from the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday. The...

1200 Kgs Of Cocaine Aboard Homemade Sub Confiscated In Southern Zone

Authorities detained 2 suspects linked to a home made submarine transporting 1,200 kilos of cocaine in the Punta Burica area, a small coastal peninsula−reef in the Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica's southern zone. The suspects were guarding the vessel. They were arrested in a...

Italian Detained At San Jose Airport With 197 ovules of Cocaine In Stomach

Nervous when boarding a flight to Germany, an Italian national, was arrested while trying to leave Costa Rica with 197 ovules of cocaine inside his body. Following his arrest, the man was transferred to a medical center. The detention was made at the Juan Santamaria international...

Argentina’s New Drug Trafficking Innovation: ‘Narco-Ambulances’

(Insightcrime.org) Twice in less than 40 days, authorities in Argentina have found marijuana hidden in ambulances, illustrating the creativity with which drug traffickers are attempting to slip under the radar. Eighty-five kilograms of marijuana were found on May 24 in a government emergency services ambulance...

Actor in “Presos” Among The Arrested For Drug Trafficking in Grecia, Atenas and Sarchi

Gordo Puro, one of the actors in the 2015 Costa Rican film Presos (Imprisoned), is among those arrested as suspects on local drug trafficking in several communities in western Alajuela. According to the information released by the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ), Marco Aurelio Zamora...

Nicaragua Claims to Be Safest Country in Latin America

Nicaragua claims to be the safest country in Latin America says a report by the Latin American Herald due to its sophisticated “Containment Wall” public safety strategy. The report says that Nicaragua's capital city deputy police chief Fernando Borge told EFE, “We have a comprehensive...

Latin America Falls Short on Anti-Crime Efforts: US State Department

(Insightcrime.org) An annual report by the US State Department on international drug trafficking suggests that Latin America continues to struggle with developing effective strategies to combat criminal activities due to a variety of factors ranging from corruption to shifts in regional drug dynamics. The annual...

Colombian Narco Reveals Route Used in Costa Rica

Colombia's Caracol television program Testigo Directo (Direct Witness) put the finger in the wound after interviewing months ago a coordinator of the mafia of that country, that indicated that Costa Rica is one of the paradises of the narco-traffickers. The journalists wondered what is becoming...

Costa Rica Raises New Flag On Old U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Boats

The Costa Rican flag rose Tuesday in Baltimore on a refurbished former U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat, one of two outdated vessels the United States is donating to the country to help fight drug and human trafficking. Costa Rican Coast Guard crews are undergoing ten...

HISTORY OF DRUG TRAFFICKING

(History.com) Drug trafficking in the United States dates back to the 19th century. From opium to marijuana to cocaine, a variety of substances have been illegally imported, sold and distributed throughout U.S. history, often with devastating consequences. EARLY OPIUM TRADE IN THE UNITED STATES During the...

Number of Women Jailed in Mexico Increases Due to Drugs

(Prensa Latina) The number of women jailed in Mexico for crimes associated with drug trafficking increased in recent years. The Equis, Justice for Women organization, presented a report on this issue, in which it warns that between 2014 and 2016, the number of women incarceration...

US$2 Million Dollar Mansion Most Expensive Seizure From Drug Traffickers

A US$2 million dollar two-story mansion that is under construction, standing out in a middle-class neighborhood of La Guacima, Alajuela, is the most expensive asset seized from drug traffickers. The residence, which resembles a large hacienda, lacks the finishing touches, is located just one kilometer...

Immigration Police Deport Alleged Leader of the Akl Brothers Gang

The alleged leader of the Akl brothers criminal organization has been deported to Isreal, after being captured in downtown Escazu about two weeks ago. The immigration service confirmed the deportation of Lita Jake, an Israeli national, who entered Costa Rica in 2011 and applied for...

US Threatens to Brand Colombia Not Compliant on Anti-Drug Efforts

TODAY COLOMBIA via Insightcrime.org - In an annual designation of major drug trafficking and producing nations, US President Donald Trump broke with decades of precedent by calling out the anti-narcotics efforts of Colombia, potentially complicating cooperation with one of the United States' closest anti-drug...

Fugitive Italian Latest Foreign Crime Boss Captured in Uruguay

(Insightcrime) An Italian crime boss and one of Italy's most wanted criminals has been arrested in Uruguay after decades on the run, highlighting another case in which an international criminal has sought refuge in the country. On September 3, authorities arrested Rocco Morabito -- the...

Costa Rica With An Average Of 2 Homicides Per Day In The Past 34 Days

Q COSTA RICA - 74 homicides in the last 34 days, for an average of 2 murders per day, according to statistics from the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ). The violence of the past month brings the total number of homicides to 380 (as of...

Model and Boyfriend Found Shot Dead In Esparza, Puntarenas

The alert went out on Friday, 26-year-old model, Isamara Alejandra Villalta Solano and her 17-year-old brother, Kendall Gonzalez, had gone missing. Posts and reposts on the social media called for help in locating the two. But that all came to a tragic end for the model,...

Medical Examiner: “An Increase In Excess Violence and Cruelty In Homicides”

"In the past decade, when I came to work here (Forensic Medicine), 12 years ago, we had homicides where the bodies had one to two gunshot wounds. Now, the bodies we see have up to 20 gunshot wounds." That is the word of Maikel Vargas,...

Back In Costa Rica After Being Jailed In Nicaragua Adriana Corella Is Recovering Her Life

After a stint of one year, three months and some days in a Nicaraguan jail, the Costa Rican model, Adriana Corella, has shown on the social networks she is recovering her life. Accused of money laundering and then after being tried, convicted to four years...

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