The boat was located 11 nautical miles from Sirena Beach in Corcovado National Park, Puntarenas Province.
- Ministry of Security courtesy photo -
Published Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Jailed foreigners suspected of
trafficking 550 kilos of cocaine
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Officials of the National Coast Guard Service announced on Tuesday the arrest of the whole crew of a boat suspected of trafficking 550 kilos of cocaine.
According to the police report, the case began on Saturday when the Coast Guard detected a 32-foot-long, white and blue boat, with 2 engines of 250 hp each, without a name and without a license plate.
The boat was located 11 nautical miles from Sirena Beach in Corcovado National Park, Puntarenas Province. During a routine review in the boat, officials found 27 large bags containing several alleged drug packages.
The crew members, all Colombian men, surnamed Herrera Obregón, 36, and the ship's captain, Castro - Perea 50 and Renteria -Huila, 44, were detained on suspicion of drug trafficking.
After the arrest of the suspects, the boat was towed to the Coast Guard Station in Golfito Canton, where Drug Control Police officers inspected the cargo of 550 packages with cocaine, each with an approximate weight to one kilogram.
In addition to the drugs, the ship and 14 fuel tanks were seized.
The men were taken to the cells of the Public Ministry where they were interrogated by the judicial agents and must wait until a judge orders the pre-trial measures against them for allegedly drug trafficking.
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