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Costa Rican authorities stopping nearly one cocaine shipment per day on northern border

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Photo courtesy Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública

January 4th, 2013 ( Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police are stopping and confiscating almost one cocaine shipment per day on the Penas Blancas border with Nicaragua.


The transportation of drugs in containers is still one of the most common practices used by drug traffickers.


To date, the police have confiscated 2.7 tons of drugs at the Penas Blancas border alone. A total of 27 persons were arrested and 19 trucks were confiscated.


In addition to the containers, the cabins of the trucks and gasoline tanks are common hiding places for drugs. Though the government has stated that they would be placing scanners to detect drugs on the border, the installation of the scanners has yet to happen.


The Drug Control Police broke up almost 105 drug trafficking organizations in 2012.


For 2013, the government wants to reinforce its land-based checkpoints, mainly at Penas Blancas, as well as additional maritime and aerial controls, with the addition of new helicopters.

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