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The U.S. Coast Guard helped the officers of the Costa Rican Air Surveillance Service in the most recent anti-drug operation.
- Ministry of Security and U.S. Coast Guard photos -

Published Thursday, June 3, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. Coast Guard helped the officers of the Costa Rican Air Surveillance Service in the most recent anti-drug operation.

According to the Ministry of Security, the operation began on Tuesday night when Costa Rican officers were alerted on the possible drug trafficking in the waters of the Caribbean Coast.

In coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, a small speed boat was detected while crossing at 21.5 nautical miles out to sea from Limón Beach. With the coordinates provided by U.S. officers, the boat was intercepted by Costa Rican Drug Control Police.

When the police boarded the boat, identified with the plate name "El Rey-02", they detected the cargo of several large bags containing several packages of drugs.

The crew,  two Nicaraguan men and one Colombian man,  surnamed Fallecillo, 24, Macré, 28, and Moreno, 38, were arrested.
The boat along with the cargo was towed to the Portete Port.

Wednesday, the agents of the Drug Control Police in an accurate count of the cargo determined that it was 1,002 packages of approximately one kilo each of cocaine.

The suspects were jailed at the Public Ministry cells, where they are waiting for a judge to order pre-trial measures against them for the accusation of international drug trafficking.

A short video of the anti-drug operation was released by the Drug Control Police officers and it can be seen on the A.M. Costa Rica YouTube channel.

Colombian and Panamanian authorities also were tracking the same boat and alerted the National Coast Guard, according to the police report.

In May, authorities informed at least four cases of the U.S. Coast Guard providing support in the arrest of drug suspects. Those cases were previously reported on AM Costa Rica news.

The judicial agents call on the population to report any suspicion of drug sales or trafficking to the confidential line 800-8000-645, where there are bilingual agents who can answer calls in English or Spanish.
What else could the authorities do to stop drug traffic in the country?
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