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]