Huge cocaine shipment seized off Cocos Island

By Dialogo
July 02, 2014



SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – The United States Coast Guard vessel USCGC
Bertholf intercepted a Costa Rican fishing vessel carrying 2.3 tons of cocaine 70
nautical miles from Cocos Island in the Pacific Ocean, authorities announced on July
1.
The Costa Rica Drug Control Police assisted in the June 28 operation, a part
of the multinational counterdrug effort Operation MARTILLO, which targets illicit
trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. Three Costa
Ricans and one Nicaraguan were arrested.
One of the world’s largest uninhabited islands, Cocos Island has become a
route for drug trafficking over the recent years.
In 2013, Costa Rican authorities seized 19.8 tons of cocaine, according to
the Ministry of Public Security.

[Tico Times (Costa Rica), 01/07/2014; La Nación (Costa Rica), 01/07/2014;
Ministry of Public Security (Costa Rica), 30/06/2014]

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