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With the help of the U.S. officers' plane, the boat was located by the Costa Rican officers.
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Published Wednesday, September 30, 2020

 

The U.S. Coast Guard aids in the
capture of 3 suspects of trafficking
1.5 tons of marijuana


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican Coast Guard reported that thanks to the help of the U.S. Coast Guard plane, it was possible to arrest three men on Sunday, all Nicaraguan nationality, as suspects of trafficking more than 1.5 tons of marijuana.

According to the police report, on Sunday the Coast Guard received the alert of a boat detected 70 nautical miles off Cabo Matapalo in the Golfo Dulce.

Responding to the alert, officers on two patrol boats GC 110-02 and GC 38-16 set sail from Quepos Canton Station, Puntarenas Province, to the area where the suspicious boat was spotted by the U.S. Coast Guard.

With the help of the U.S. officers' plane, the boat was located by the Costa Rican officers.

Upon seeing the presence of the officers, the crew threw several bags into the sea, the police said in its report. However, the officers managed to recover 49 bags.

The coast guard detained the crew identified with the surnames Savory-Lacayo, Flores and García Cayaso.

The boat and the cargo were seized and towed to the Golfito dock in Puntarenas.

At the port, specialists from the Drug Control Police carried a more detailed inspection of the shipment determining that it was of 1,208 packages of marijuana weighing approximately one kilogram each, plus 660 more packages with marijuana, weighing approximately 500 grams each. For a total of approximately 1,538 kilograms of marijuana.

The three men were taken to the cells of the Public Ministry where they were interrogated by the judicial agents and after that, they must wait until a judge orders the pre-trial measures against them for drug trafficking.

Video of the suspects being captured can be screened on the Facebook page of the Ministry of Security.

A similar drug trafficking operation with the support of the U.S. Coast Guard happened in August.



In a matter of two hours, the U.S. Coast Guard crew, in a joint effort with the National Coast Guards Service, intercepted two boats detaining six men and seized approximately 915 kilos of cocaine.

According to the ministry of security statement, in the first case, with the support of the U.S. Coast Guard plane, a boat was detected 50 kilometers away from
Punta Burica Beach, on the Pacific Coast border between Costa Rica and Panama.

When the Costa Rican coast guards located the ship, the crew tried to flee and threw packages into the sea. However, after chasing them over a distance of approximately three kilometers, the coastguards intercepted the boat, detained the four crew members, and recovered the drugs floating in the sea.

The boat was registered with the name "God and time." The crew of four men consisted of two Colombian nationals surnamed Murillo-Colorado and Orobio-Mondicnero, an Ecuadorian man surnamed Tigre-Astudillo, and a Costa Rican surnamed Dosman-Espinoza.

The  shipment was recovered by the Coastguards, who took it to the
Golfito Port in Puntarenas Province. Once there, the agents of the Drug Control Police reviewed the packages, reporting 415 packages of cocaine, weighing approximately one kilogram each.

The second case was when a U.S. Coast Guards plane returning to the United States detected a speedboat located about 70 km offshore from Punta Burica Beach.

The officers of the National Coast Guards Service located the speedboat and arrested two Costa Rican men, surnamed Esquivel-Solís and Chavarria-Zepeda.

The detained boat, registered with the name "Commando V" carried a shipment of several bags containing a large number of packages.

When the suspects and the drugs were brought to port, officers from the Drug Control Police verified that there were 500 packages of cocaine, each weighing approximately one kilogram.

In both cases, the suspects were taken to the cells of the Public Ministry where they were interrogated by the judicial agents and waiting until a judge orders the pre-trial measures against them for the alleged crime of drug trafficking.

Video of this operation can be seen on the Facebook page of the Ministry of Security.

The judicial agents ask for the people of Costa Rica to report any suspicion of drug sales or drug trafficking to the confidential line 800-8000-645, where there are bilingual agents who can answer calls in the English or Spanish language.



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