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COSTA RICA / 23 JUN 2017

Authorities in Costa Rica have arrested a former high-level police official for allegedly guarding a large cocaine shipment, suggesting that Costa Rican criminals have adopted a strategy seen elsewhere…

COSTA RICA / 24 MAY 2017

Recent reports suggest illegal gold mining and the associated trafficking of mercury are increasing in Costa Rica, providing evidence that organized crime groups in the country may be diversifying…

COCAINE / 16 MAY 2017

Security officials in Costa Rica say they are incapable of stopping transnational drug traffickers from using the country's pristine beaches as stopover points for cocaine shipments headed to the United…

BELIZE / 9 MAR 2017

The US State Department named seven Central American countries as havens for laundering the proceeds of drug trafficking and organized crime, and described the region as a main cocaine…

COSTA RICA / 1 MAR 2017

A high level meeting between officials in Costa Rica and Nicaragua is expected to lead to greater cooperation on tackling several facets of organized crime, an acknowledgement of the security…

COSTA RICA / 20 FEB 2017

Authorities in Costa Rica are worried that the dismantling of Colombia's main guerrilla group could threaten the Central American country's stability, as a new generation of criminal networks are likely…

COSTA RICA / 13 FEB 2017

Costa Rica's Attorney General said local criminal groups are being recruited and trained by Mexican drug cartels, further indication of the evolving relationship between drug trafficking networks in these two…

COSTA RICA / 31 JAN 2017

Costa Rica has decided to drastically shorten the selection and training process of its police officers, a measure that will quickly increase police presence in troubled areas but may negatively…

BAGDAD / 9 JAN 2017

When it comes to Central America, all eyes are usually on the Northern Triangle. But 2016 saw local organized crime in Costa Rica and Panama -- traditionally oases…

COSTA RICA / 25 NOV 2016

Costa Rican and Honduran authorities busted a transnational drug ring allegedly involving over a dozen police officers from the two countries, raising suspicion that the operation was connected…

COSTA RICA / 10 NOV 2016

A drug trafficking network linked to Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel has been dismantled in Costa Rica, a sign that the country's criminal structures are becoming increasingly involved in transnational drug trafficking.

COSTA RICA / 6 OCT 2016

Costa Rica is bolstering security in a Caribbean province that has become a hotspot for criminal activity and drug trafficking, reflecting concern among local officials as they strategize about how…

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