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U.S. and Costa Rican Coast Guards Capture Drug Traffickers and Cocaine Shipment

By Dialogo
July 17, 2009

SAN JOSE, 14 July 2009 (AFP) - Vessels of the Costa Rican Coast Guard Service and the United States Navy captured a boat carrying four Colombians and nearly 1,300 kilos of cocaine on the high seas on Tuesday, the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security announced. The Colombians “were intercepted by officers of the National Coast Guard Service (...) and the U.S. Navy,” in the Pacific Ocean about seventeen nautical miles from Punta Salsipuedes, in southern Costa Rica, according to a statement issued by the Ministry. “There are four Colombians, with the surnames González Córdoba, Morán Márquez, Torres González, and Sinistera, who were at sea with 1,290 kilograms of cocaine (...) hidden in the boat,” said the Minister of Public Security, Janina del Vecchio. The Costa Rican authorities said that they “will continue supporting the Joint Patrol Arrangement between Costa Rica and the United States, since it has made it possible to strike heavy blows at drug trafficking.” The detainees were taken to the Coast Guard Station in Golfito, in the south of the country, to be turned over to the public prosecutor’s office on charges of international drug trafficking.
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