Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police Dismantles Narco-trafficking Ring

By Dialogo
March 12, 2015



Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police (PCD) captured 10 suspects who allegedly were part of a narco-trafficking ring that transported five kilograms of marijuana and three kilograms of cocaine weekly from the Province of Limón, according to the Public Security Ministry.

Police arrested the seven men and three women during raids at nine properties in the Limon neighborhoods of Barrio Quinto, Los Lirios, and Limoncito.

Law enforcement officers captured the alleged leader of the group and a suspect who police believe collected money from drug sales and was in charge of distribution.

Costa Rica disbanded its Army in 1948, leaving the PCD to lead the country’s counter-narcotics fight on land, while its Coast Guard has been responsible for protecting its waters. The Central American nation has emerged as a key transshipment point in the trafficking of South American narcotics into the U.S. and Europe.

In 2014, the PCD seized seven metric tons of marijuana that were ready for distribution, eradicated 872,923 marijuana plants and confiscated more than 26 metric tons of cocaine, a record for one year. In 2013, the PCD confiscated 21.8 metric tons of cocaine, according to the Public Security Ministry.

Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.

Colombia: Head of FARC’s 17th Front dies in Military operation


The leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (FARC) 17th Front recently died in a shootout with the Colombian National Army’s Ninth Brigade in the Department of Huila, the Army said in a March 7 press statement.

Troops fatally shot FARC leader Rafael Torres Morales, who was also known as “Edwin Cacerolo,” and his unidentified body guard. The gun battle began when FARC operatives fired on Soldiers, who shot back in self defense.

Edwin Cacerolo had been a member of the FARC for 30 years. He was in charge of coordinating numerous attacks, including one on a police station in the Departent of Huila that injured two Soldiers on February 27. The FARC operative was also in charge of the organization's extortion rings in the departments of Huila and Tolima, according to the Army.

Mexican Army seizes more than 6 tons of marijuana


The Mexican Army recently seized more than six tons of marijuana collectively in three separate operations in the State of Tamaulipas, according to the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA).

Troops made the first confiscation along the banks of the Rio Grande River, where Soldiers found 146 packages containing more than 968 kilograms of the drug.

In the second operation, Soldiers unearthed 468 packages containing more than three tons of marijuana hidden inside a pit.

In the third operation, Troops seized 305 packages containing more than two tons of marijuana found buried in a vacant lot.

SEDENA turned the drugs over to the Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation into which group owned the drugs is ongoing.


Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police (PCD) captured 10 suspects who allegedly were part of a narco-trafficking ring that transported five kilograms of marijuana and three kilograms of cocaine weekly from the Province of Limón, according to the Public Security Ministry.

Police arrested the seven men and three women during raids at nine properties in the Limon neighborhoods of Barrio Quinto, Los Lirios, and Limoncito.

Law enforcement officers captured the alleged leader of the group and a suspect who police believe collected money from drug sales and was in charge of distribution.

Costa Rica disbanded its Army in 1948, leaving the PCD to lead the country’s counter-narcotics fight on land, while its Coast Guard has been responsible for protecting its waters. The Central American nation has emerged as a key transshipment point in the trafficking of South American narcotics into the U.S. and Europe.

In 2014, the PCD seized seven metric tons of marijuana that were ready for distribution, eradicated 872,923 marijuana plants and confiscated more than 26 metric tons of cocaine, a record for one year. In 2013, the PCD confiscated 21.8 metric tons of cocaine, according to the Public Security Ministry.

Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.

Colombia: Head of FARC’s 17th Front dies in Military operation


The leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (FARC) 17th Front recently died in a shootout with the Colombian National Army’s Ninth Brigade in the Department of Huila, the Army said in a March 7 press statement.

Troops fatally shot FARC leader Rafael Torres Morales, who was also known as “Edwin Cacerolo,” and his unidentified body guard. The gun battle began when FARC operatives fired on Soldiers, who shot back in self defense.

Edwin Cacerolo had been a member of the FARC for 30 years. He was in charge of coordinating numerous attacks, including one on a police station in the Departent of Huila that injured two Soldiers on February 27. The FARC operative was also in charge of the organization's extortion rings in the departments of Huila and Tolima, according to the Army.

Mexican Army seizes more than 6 tons of marijuana


The Mexican Army recently seized more than six tons of marijuana collectively in three separate operations in the State of Tamaulipas, according to the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA).

Troops made the first confiscation along the banks of the Rio Grande River, where Soldiers found 146 packages containing more than 968 kilograms of the drug.

In the second operation, Soldiers unearthed 468 packages containing more than three tons of marijuana hidden inside a pit.

In the third operation, Troops seized 305 packages containing more than two tons of marijuana found buried in a vacant lot.

SEDENA turned the drugs over to the Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation into which group owned the drugs is ongoing.
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