“Picuda” style fast boats a favorite for drug runners bringing shipments to Costa Rica

By Brenda Fiegel September 17th, 2014 (Diálogo) The ocean remains a popular transit route for traffickers because it lacks the sensors, manpower, and cameras that authorities are able to concentrate on land. Furthermore, maritime drug shipments can be thrown overboard and/or dropped or buried on a beach or island…

Costa Rica, Central American countries partner with FBI to fight violent gangs

Costa Rica, Central American countries partner with FBI to fight violent gangs

By Ximena Moretti / Additional editing by Inside Costa Rica staff September 16th, 2014 (Diálogo) Authorities from Costa Rica and five other Central American countries are working with the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on important operations to dismantle violent gangs – including Mara Salvatrucha, also known…

Nicaragua uses drug money to build new prisons

By W. Alejandro Sanchez / VOXXI September 16th, 2014 (VOXXI) Nicaragua has constructed three new prisons utilizing money that was seized following the arrest of a group of drug traffickers in 2012, a welcome initiative that repurposes criminal money for public works in the Central American country. It accomplishes…

Work on Nicaragua Grand Canal to begin in December, completed in 2019

Work on Nicaragua Grand Canal to begin in December, completed in 2019

September 9th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The construction of the Interoceanic Canal of Nicaragua, also dubbed the “Nicaragua Grand Canal,”…

“No doubt” Chile bombing was an act of terrorism, official says

September 9th, 2014 (VOA) A bomb exploded in the Chilean capital of Santiago Monday, wounding at least eight people…

Meteorite crashes, explodes in Nicaragua capital, produces earthquake-like shaking

Meteorite crashes, explodes in Nicaragua capital, produces earthquake-like shaking

September 8th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) What Nicaraguan authorities are calling a meteorite crashed near the airport in the capital…

Drug traffickers in Honduras displace indigenous people and destroy forests

By Malcom Alvarez-James September 8th, 2014 (Diálogo) Transnational drug trafficking organizations in Honduras – such as the Sinaloa Cartel…

Efforts by police make Nicaragua the safest country in Central America

Seizures by Nicaraguan National Police of nearly 20,000 illegal firearms during a recent five year span have been…

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