Vol.19 No.0220 Wednesday Edition, February 20, 2019
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Government promotes exports to Dubai

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Promoter of Commerce of Costa Rica is promoting products manufactured in Costa Rica in Dubai. The promoting office is participating in the Middle East industry fair known as Gulfood Dubai, which is being held in the United Arab Emirates from February 17 to 21.

The Gulfood Industries Fair receives more than 98,000 visitors each year and has more than 5,000 exhibitors from 193 countries in 120 halls. The focus of the fair is buyers from the Middle East and North Africa.

The promoter’s office reports that this year, for the fourth time, the products of six companies that export dehydrated fruit, frozen fruit, preserved palm hearts, concentrated juices, chocolate bars, cocoa and banana puree, among others, are being promoted at the fair.

The companies that promote their products in the Costa Rican stand are: Paradise Ingredients, All Natural, Gold Coast International, DEMSA, VISA Agricultural Products and Nahua Cacao.

In agreement with Pedro Beirute, General Manager of PROCOMER, "United Arab Emirates is a sophisticated market which we aim for because we know that our products are up to their trends and palates. We hope that this fair allows us to make known more the benefits of our exportable offers and our way of doing business."

According to Mr. Beirute, the annual participation in Gulfood is strategic because it allows them to generate and specify business opportunities with current and potential customers in the UAE and the Middle East.

The promoters said that representatives of the companies participating in the stand, in addition to offering products at the fair, will visit various Emirati firms with the aim of generating more business.

Among the companies that will be visited are: Lulu Hypermarket Barsha, Carrefour Mall of Emirates, Union Coop Barsha, Spinneys Meadows, Waitrose Dubai Marina Mall, JAFZA Free Zone and Dubai Chamber.

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In 2018, fifteen Costa Rican companies exported 61 types of products to the UAE, generating the sum of $2.8 million in exports.

Statistics from the promoter’s office show that, in 2018, fifteen Costa Rican companies exported 61 types of products to the UAE, generating the sum of $2.8 million in exports.

Among the most exported products are: electrical materials with 34 percent of total exported products, bananas (16 percent), insecticides and fungicides (11 percent).

At these international fairs, Costa Rican exporters acquire knowledge of the culture and dynamics of the Emirati market and of the competition, access to the latest trends in products and packaging, as well as maintaining presence and promotion of their products, reports the promoter’s office.

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Police arrested a citizen from El Salvador
convicted of robbery in the United States

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The police last weekend stopped a Salvadoran citizen named Garcia in Heredia* and found that he was of ‘illegal immigration status.’

The police reported that Garcia worked in an auto shop near the soccer plaza in San Francisco in Heredia*.

The police were on a routine patrol when they saw a man tattooed with the letters ‘MS.’ MS is often tattooed on members of the gang, Mara Salvatrucha. When police requested identification, Garcia replied that he had no identity documents. Police report that they then detained Mr. Garcia.

After the detention, police worked in coordination with special agents of the Immigration and Foreigners Directorate, who completed the paperwork to verify the identity of the suspect with the police of El Salvador.

"It was confirmed that he was a Salvadoran citizen who was registered as an alleged member of MS13 (Mara Salvatrucha 2013), who had also been arrested in the United States in 2009 for the crime of robbery and deported in October 2015 from that country to El Salvador, after serving his sentence in prison,” said the police report.

The officers of the Migration and Immigration Directorate will keep the suspect in the judicial cells, during the deportation process to El Salvador since he committed the crime of illegally entering Costa Rica.

On Feb 11, as reported on A.M. Costa Rica, a Canadian citizen surnamed Den-Hann was arrested at the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Guanacaste*. He had a criminal record and links to a criminal and drug trafficking gang.

The police report that when Den-Hann entered the immigration control post, workers found that he had a criminal record and was allegedly part of a gang linked to drug trafficking and organized crime. They refused to allow Den-Hann into the country. 

Stephen Madden, deputy director of the Migration Professional Police said, "the mechanisms of migratory control and the execution of the police actions by the immigration officers, allow us to continue ensuring the national security, especially avoiding the entry of foreigners with dangerous profiles or cases in which Costa Ricans are involved, also ensuring their safety and compliance with the law."

Immigration police report that Den-Hann was sent to immigration cells to await the next flight to Canada.

In another case of foreigner arrested by Migration police, on January 7, border officials in Golfito* detained an U.S. citizen, surnamed Mohns, age 38, because he had two arrest warrants from the state of Florida.

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The police were on a routine patrol when they saw a man tattooed with the letters ‘MS.’ MS is often tattooed on members of the gang, Mara Salvatrucha.

According to the police report, Mohns was identified by officials during a regular operation carried out in the town of Golfito*.

During that police action, the officers were checking the papers of foreigners in the area and found that the identity documents from Mohns placed him in an irregular migratory status.

The problem with his U.S. passport alerted the local police who researched information on international warrants provided by the U.S. police. That search confirmed that Mohns has two active arrest warrants issued in 2018.

"The first arrest warrant was issued by the State of Florida for the crime of aggravated assault and attempted robbery with a gun. The second alert was issued by Virginia for the crime of drug possession," said the border police report.

In addition to the two arrest warrants, police report that Mohns has an extensive criminal record in the U.S. for possession of drugs, violence against the authorities, robberies and for violating traffic laws.

The border police took Mohns to the Immigration Detention Center in Paso Canoas*, where he was extradited to the United States. 

How do you think people with arrest warrants or criminal records able to leave their own countries?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to:

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