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Published on Tuesday, September 7, 2021
U.S. Coast Guard officers aided in an anti-drug operation in Golfito Canton, Puntarenas Province, where more than two tons of drugs were seized.
According to the report of the National Coast Guard Service, the case began with an alert issued by the U.S. Coast Guard on the detection of a small boat that was crossing the maritime zone of Costa Rica, between Matapalo Cape and Dulce Gulf, Puntarenas Province.
Responding to the alert, coastguards and agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization followed the guidelines provided by the U.S. Coast Guards and managed to locate the boat at a distance of 108 kilometers away from the Matapalo coast.
The coastguards detained the white and blue 36-foot speed boat powered by two 200 HP engines. The boat did not have a plate or flag of the country of origin, officials said in their report. In a routine inspection of the boat, the Coast Guard officers detected cargo of several sacks with packages inside.
Following the guidelines in case of suspected drug trafficking, the officers arrested the three men crew, two of them were Nicaraguans surnamed Hodgson and Palma, and the other man was a Costa Rican surnamed Rodríguez.
The men, the boat and the cargo were towed to Golfito Port, where the judicial agents made a more detailed inspection of the cargo discovering 2,200 packages of marijuana and 27 of cocaine. Each contraband weighs approximately one kilo each.
A video of the anti-drug operations was released by the Ministry of Security and can be seen on the AM Costa Rica YouTube channel.
The suspects were taken to the Osa Prosecutor's Office, where a judge ordered six months of pre-trial prison for the men accused of the alleged crime of international drug trafficking.
U.S. Coast Guards have been continuously aiding authorities in detaining drug trafficking, including seizing items of alleged drugs. Recently, a U.S. Coast Guard boat intercepted a Costa Rican boat with a cargo of 1,549 packages of cocaine.
Authorities call for people to report any suspicion of drug sales or trafficking to the confidential line 800-8000-645 or 11-76, where bilingual agents can answer calls in English or Spanish.
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