Monday 21 June 2021

Costa Rica and Nicaragua Agree To More Cooperation in Fight Against Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking

Costa Rica and Nicaragua authorities meeting in Liberia, Guanacaste. Photo Casa Presidencial

Q COSTA RICA (Insightcrime.org) A high level meeting between officials in Costa Rica and Nicaragua is expected to lead to greater cooperation on tackling several facets of organized crime, an acknowledgement of the security threats that criminal organizations pose to both countries.

The summit took place on February 24 in Liberia, Costa Rica, and was attended by Nicaragua’s foreign chancellor and its ambassador to Costa Rica, as well as Costa Rica’s public security minister and vice minister, according to Casa Presidencial (Goverment House) website.

- Advertisement -

The officials agreed to increase information sharing and bilateral coordination to better combat drug and human trafficking, as well as contraband and other illegal activities.

Specifically, the countries said they will enhance cooperation in the Peñas Blancas and Tablillas regions in Costa Rica, which are home to the only two official border crossing points.

Costa Rica – Nicaragua border at Tablillas, six kilometres north of Los Chiles, in the northern zone

With regard to maritime activities, Costa Rica and Nicaragua — both of which have Pacific and Atlantic coastlines — will aim to develop intelligence sharing mechanisms to intercept drug smuggling vessels and illegal fishing boats.

- Advertisement -

The bilateral summit followed an initial meeting in July 2016, and the two countries plan to meet again in October 2017.

InSight Crime Analysis

Costa Rica and Nicaragua have long enjoyed much lower levels of violence than Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. But that’s not to say that the two countries are exempt from organized crime-related security issues.

Both of the countries’ Pacific and Caribbean coasts have been exploited by criminal organizations shipping drugs towards the United States. And the Peñas Blancas border region — which the two countries highlighted as a priority during the recent meeting — sits along the Pan-American Highway and was until 2015 the sole official crossing point between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. This has made it a main thoroughfare for drug shipments being smuggled through the isthmus.

The bilateral meeting could also be an attempt to contain Costa Rica’s rising violence and organized crime activity within its own borders. In February, Costa Rican officials said that Mexican drug trafficking organizations were training local gangs in the country. This, along with the dismantling of a domestic drug trafficking network linked to Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel in November 2016, suggests Costa Rica’s criminal groups are grabbing a bigger stake in the international drug trade.

Sources: Presidencia.go.cr; Insightcrime.org; Nacion.com

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 20: only “EVENS” can circulate

Today, Sunday, June 20, only vehicles with "EVEN" ending plates CAN...

Internet speed decreases during peaks in service

QCOSTARICA - Ever wonder why your surfing on the Internet slows...

MOST READ

Companies covered up defective asphalt

QCOSTARICA - The judicial file of the Cochinilla Case, on alleged corruption in road works, exposes how three companies would have covered up the...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 19: only “ODDS” can circulate

Today, Saturday, June 19, only vehicles with "ODD" ending plates CAN circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save...

Internet speed decreases during peaks in service

QCOSTARICA - Ever wonder why your surfing on the Internet slows down, to even a crawl, mainly in the evenings? This is due to...

College of Physicians negotiates donation of a million and a half vaccines against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - This week there could be very good news for the country in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic if the College of...

Cynthia Ann Telles named new U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Today, U.S. President Joe Biden announced his nomination of Dr. Cynthia Ann Telles as United States ambassador to Costa Rica. According to the...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 14: 1 & 2 CANNOT circulate

Today, Monday, June 14, vehicles with plates ending 1 & 2 CANNOT circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm,...

Rainy afternoons and nights this week in most of the country

QCOSTARICA - Characteristic of the rainy season, we will see rain in the afternoons and nights in the Central Valley, the entire Pacific coast,...

Ortega government accuses imprisoned opponents of receiving money from the United States to overthrow him

TODAY NICARAGUA – The Nicaraguan government assures that the imprisoned political opponents detained on charges of “inciting foreign intervention” are “usurpers” financed by the...

Informants assisted OIJ in corruption investigations, says the minister

QCOSTARICA - The investigation into alleged bribery of public officials in exchange for contracts for road works, received help from informants within the Consejo...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.