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October 30th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica records the highest amount of drug seizures and arrests in all of Central America, a region where some 900 tons of cocaine is trafficked each year, mostly destined for the United States and Europe. In fact, Costa Rica has seized more narcotics than even Mexico this year.
Security Minister, Mario Zamora said that the statistics mean that Costa Rica’s counter-narcotics programs are working.
“This gives us an indication that we are doing a good job, [especially] taking into account that other countries have two forces fighting drugs, one being the police and the other their militaries, while in our country we only have the Drug Control Police, Coast Guard, and other [civilian] authorities,” Zamora said.
The recent seizure of 1,272 kilos of cocaine in Playa Negra, Limon, brings the total seizures of the drug to 17.5 tons in Costa Rica so far this year.
That amount surpasses all other Central American countries, and even Mexico.