Costa Rica and U.S. Coast Guards Cooperate in Major Drug Seizure

By Dialogo
January 23, 2015



The Coast Guards from Costa Rica and the United States recently cooperated to seize a metric ton of high-grade marijuana and capture five suspects. The operation took place off the Caribbean coast of the Costa Rican province of Limón on January 18.

That’s when a U.S. P3 surveillance plane informed Costa Rican and Colombian security forces about a suspicious vessel about 32 kilometers off the Costa Rican coast. When Costa Rica’s Coast Guard interdicted the vessel, they collected 38 bags of marijuana that had been tossed overboard by the five crew members, who were all captured. Three of the suspects are Jamaican nationals, one is Nicaraguan, and one is Costa Rican, they said.

Costa Rican Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa, who said the marijuana was destined for his country, described the bust as the first important marijuana seizure of the year after Costa Rica confiscated more than seven metric tons of the drug in 2014.

Colombian National Army dismantles terrorist camps


The Colombian National Army carried out several counter-narcotics operations in five Departments from January 20-21, primarily targeting the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN), which use proceeds from drug trafficking to finance their terrorist operations.

On January 20 in the northern Department of Córdoba, Soldiers with the Army’s Ground Combat No. 33 dismantled a clandestine, coca paste-processing laboratory owned by the FARC’s 58th Front. There, they destroyed 13 gallons of liquid chemicals, a spray pump, a coca leaf press, and other equipment.

In the Department of Norte de Santander, Troops with the Army’s Vulcano Task Force cleared two ELN minefields. The ELN had planted 25 kilograms of explosives throughout the fields, which serve as a common passage for Soldiers patrolling the area.

And in the Department of Cauca, Soldiers with the Army’s Ground Combat No. 109 unit destroyed a field containing 3,500 coca plants. The Army is investigating who owned the coca, which is the main ingredient used to produce cocaine.

Meanwhile, in the Departments of Meta and Boyacá, the Army destroyed two camps – one belonging to the FARC and one to the ELN – both on January 20.

The first camp, which was found in Meta before being dismantled by Army Troops, accommodated seven members of the FARC’s Joselo Lozada Front. The Army’s Second Division destroyed the second camp in Boyacá, which was used by the ELN’s José David Suárez Front. During that operation, Soldiers found a handmade bomb at the camp.

The following day, on January 21, the Army’s Ground Combat Battalion No. 143 destroyed 60 kilograms of processed coca leaves in an ELN drug laboratory in the municipality of Teorama in the Department of Norte de Santander.


The Coast Guards from Costa Rica and the United States recently cooperated to seize a metric ton of high-grade marijuana and capture five suspects. The operation took place off the Caribbean coast of the Costa Rican province of Limón on January 18.

That’s when a U.S. P3 surveillance plane informed Costa Rican and Colombian security forces about a suspicious vessel about 32 kilometers off the Costa Rican coast. When Costa Rica’s Coast Guard interdicted the vessel, they collected 38 bags of marijuana that had been tossed overboard by the five crew members, who were all captured. Three of the suspects are Jamaican nationals, one is Nicaraguan, and one is Costa Rican, they said.

Costa Rican Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa, who said the marijuana was destined for his country, described the bust as the first important marijuana seizure of the year after Costa Rica confiscated more than seven metric tons of the drug in 2014.

Colombian National Army dismantles terrorist camps


The Colombian National Army carried out several counter-narcotics operations in five Departments from January 20-21, primarily targeting the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN), which use proceeds from drug trafficking to finance their terrorist operations.

On January 20 in the northern Department of Córdoba, Soldiers with the Army’s Ground Combat No. 33 dismantled a clandestine, coca paste-processing laboratory owned by the FARC’s 58th Front. There, they destroyed 13 gallons of liquid chemicals, a spray pump, a coca leaf press, and other equipment.

In the Department of Norte de Santander, Troops with the Army’s Vulcano Task Force cleared two ELN minefields. The ELN had planted 25 kilograms of explosives throughout the fields, which serve as a common passage for Soldiers patrolling the area.

And in the Department of Cauca, Soldiers with the Army’s Ground Combat No. 109 unit destroyed a field containing 3,500 coca plants. The Army is investigating who owned the coca, which is the main ingredient used to produce cocaine.

Meanwhile, in the Departments of Meta and Boyacá, the Army destroyed two camps – one belonging to the FARC and one to the ELN – both on January 20.

The first camp, which was found in Meta before being dismantled by Army Troops, accommodated seven members of the FARC’s Joselo Lozada Front. The Army’s Second Division destroyed the second camp in Boyacá, which was used by the ELN’s José David Suárez Front. During that operation, Soldiers found a handmade bomb at the camp.

The following day, on January 21, the Army’s Ground Combat Battalion No. 143 destroyed 60 kilograms of processed coca leaves in an ELN drug laboratory in the municipality of Teorama in the Department of Norte de Santander.
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