Suspected drug plane crashes near remote government airstrip

August 15th, 2014 ( A small aircraft believed to have been carrying cocaine from South America crashed near a remote government airstrip in Barra de Parismina in Limon, authorities discovered on Wednesday.


It is believed the plane was operated by a Mexican drug cartel.


Burnt remains of the aircraft were found on a farm some 700 meters away from the airstrip.  The airstrip had reportedly been left in a state of neglect by Costa Rica’s civil aviation authorities and was not actively monitored.


Authorities continued to search the area for additional debris yesterday.  The whereabouts of the pilot and any passengers onboard is unknown, though authorities believe those in the aircraft may have escaped with the drugs by boat via the Parismina River.


Residents reported that narco-traffickers had been operating in the area for years.


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