January 25th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rican authorities seized 400 kilos of cocaine in a vehicle on Wednesday, and at least 500 kilos more in a boat yesterday, in two separate incidents on the country’s Caribbean coast.
Security Minister Mario Zamora told reporters yesterday that the boat ran aground on a beach in the Caribbean near the border with Nicaragua, after a chase in which shots were exchanged.
The speedboat was equipped with three engines, and police found 11 containers of fuel and 31 bags of cocaine weighing “more than half a ton,” said Zamora. The four occupants of the boat fled into a difficult to access wooded area, where police continued to search for the suspected drug traffickers by land and air.
Zamora also confirmed the discovery of 400 kilos of cocaine in a vehicle that crashed in the town of Siquirres, Limon Province. The driver, a Costa Rican by the last name Carvajal, died at the scene.
Zamora said that the Caribbean has become a hotspot for drug traffickers.
In 2012 the authorities of Costa Rica seized a total of 15.5 tons of cocaine, more than double the 7.4 tons were seized in 2011.