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Sinaloa Cartel ring leader in Costa Rica is sentenced to 12 years in prison

Antonio León Rojas, a Mexican national and member of the Sinaloa Cartel, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Costa Rica, where he was accused of possessing, transporting, and commercializing (trafficking) cocaine. Authorities said he operated cocaine trafficking from Colombia to Mexico through Costa...

10 most wanted In Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Have you seen them? Sección de Capturas del Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) shared the images of the 10 most wanted in Costa Rica. These 10 (9 men and 1 woman) are being sought in connection with crimes of drug trafficking,  robbery, pimping, and...

UN: Violence, COVID-19 Create Displacement Crisis in Central America

The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR reports worsening violence and hardship caused by COVID-19 are pushing people in Central America to flee their homes in droves, creating a displacement crisis in the region. By the end of last year, escalating violence and instability had displaced some...

Colombian On Death Row In China Asks To Be Executed Soon

Héctor Fabio Osorio, a 50-year-old Colombian convicted in China of the death penalty has asked the Colombian government to intercede to expedite the process of his sentence: to be executed as soon as possible. Hector Fabio Osorio is on death row in China, convicted seven...

Two Americans Nabbed At San Jose Airport With US$644,000 In Cash

Two Americans tried to enter Costa Rica, through the San Jose international airport (SJO), with US$644,344 dollars in their carryons. According to a press release from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública (MSP) - Ministry of Public Security -  the men were identified by their last...

Canadian Deported Back To Costa Rica After Fleeing To Nicaragua

A Canadian man identified as Jonathan Gallota, 35, who destroyed his ankle monitor and fled to Nicaragua, was deported back to Costa Rica, after being captured while attempting to leave that country on a private flight. The Canadian had entered Costa Rica through the Juan...

Chronicle: The Morning When An Ak-47 Woke San Jose

No one knows what to do. A hail of bullets breaks the morning early morning air in Sagrada Familia, in San Jose. A man searches for the safest place in the room he rents and hides under the bed. An entire family also runs...

Follow the Money: Through Costa Rica Chavez Leaders Received Money From Mexican Cartels

Spain's ABC news (ABC.es) reveals that leaders of the Venezuelan government would have received money from the Mexican narco through Costa Rica. According to the report, apparently, the cash "was in payment for drug shipments sent by Chavez leaders," adds the publication based on information...

OIJ on homicides: “this has no quick chance of ending”

Not very comforting. Although the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) expects there will be a decrease in homicides with respect to last year, its director, director Wálter Espinoza, states that the problem is far from over. Judicial police data indicate that in the last 2...

Who is the Tico narco leader that Panama will soon deliver to the United States?

Meet Carlos Arias Leiva, aka Pellejo, the Tico (Costa Rican) narco that the International Police (Interpol) in Panama, who was wanted by the United States because he frequently sent there large shipments of cocaine from Costa Rica via Mexico. Arias is linked on Costa Rican...

7 People Killed In 8 days in drive by shootings

Seven people traveling in cars were shot dead and two others injured in 8 days (September 1 and 8) in different parts of the country, according to data from the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ). Two of the attacks resulted in double victims, while the...

Venezuela, a Ticking Time Bomb For Latin America

Venezuela, the country that was famous for its prosperity and oil production, is today, the country that represents the greatest threat to Latin America and the world. The massive migratory wave, links with drug trafficking and terrorism, and the alliances with totalitarian, socialist, and...

“Reina del Sur Tica” Opens The Way For Women In Costa Rica’s Narco World

The “success” that Cristel Gómez Espinoza, known as the "Reina del Sur Tica" (Cost Rican Queen of The South), as a powerful narco leader, would be a motivation for other women to follow her in the dangerous 'narco' - the world of drug trafficking. At...

Confidential Call Allowed Police To Catch “La Reina del Sur”

A confidential call allowed police to capture Cristel Yariella Gómez Espinoza, known as "La Reina del Sur" (Queen of the South), on Tuesday morning. The 24-year-old woman, who had been on the run for nine months, was wanted as a suspect in being one of...

Wanted In The U.S. Narco Tico Arrested In Escazu

José Efraín López Mendoza, 49, alias "M1" or "Dante", wanted by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), was arrested on Tuesday afternoon when he was traveling on the Ruta 27 in Escazú. López Mendoza, leader of the Organized...

Latest Drug Trafficking Trend in Colombia: Cocaine Implants

A Colombian woman demonstrated one of the increasingly creative methods being used by drug traffickers when she was caught with cocaine implants. Police in Bogota, Colombia, report they have discovered that drug traffickers are employing plastic surgeons for liquid cocaine implants. According to the report...

El Salvador’s new president celebrates country’s first day without a murder for two years

(Associated Press) El Salvador’s new president, Nayib Bukele, has touted a rare day without a homicide in the small Central American nation where such violence is a part of daily life. The last day of July proved somewhat of an exception when not a single...

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...

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