All About Costa Rica

COSTA RICA / 13 SEP 2016

A rise in drug-related murders has contributed to Costa Rica's homicide rate almost doubling in the past 15 years, as the country's growing role in the regional narcotics trade continues…

COSTA RICA / 7 SEP 2016

Costa Rican authorities busted a group of alleged sex traffickers responsible for the forced prostitution of more than a dozen women, a laudable effort that nonetheless underscores the country's lackluster…

COSTA RICA / 25 AUG 2016

The United States' announcement of a $30 million aid package to help Costa Rica confront organized crime represents a timely intervention for a country that is becoming increasingly…

COSTA RICA / 10 AUG 2016

Costa Rica has seen an increase in cannabis growing operations that use more sophisticated cultivation methods, a possible result of increased demand fueled by foreign visitors looking for higher-quality marijuana.

COSTA RICA / 7 JUL 2016

Costa Rica located dozens of illegal airstrips used by drug traffickers in the last year along its Pacific coast, highlighting the country's growing importance as a drug transit nation.

BARRIO 18 / 24 JUN 2016

A new report says an increasing number of Central Americans are fleeing south to escape gang violence and seeking asylum in Costa Rica, a dynamic which may be linked to…

COSTA RICA / 21 JUN 2016

Officials say Costa Rica is experiencing an increase in irregular migration from Africa, signaling the growth of new human smuggling networks and raising a number of questions for policymakers to…

COSTA RICA / 14 APR 2016

A rash of plane crashes in Costa Rica has authorities worried that Mexican cartels are reactivating aerial drug trafficking routes in the country, highlighting concerns that law enforcement is unprepared…

COSTA RICA / 12 APR 2016

The Costa Rica Coast Guard's recent seizure of several cocaine shipments underlines the country's important position along the Central American drug trafficking corridor, although perhaps not to the extent local…

BARRIO 18 / 8 APR 2016

The head of the Honduran armed forces has claimed that powerful gangs are expanding their presence in Costa Rica, but the extent of this criminal migration might be overstated.

COSTA RICA / 1 APR 2016

The US-backed anti-drug initiative Operation Martillo has been hammering away at drug traffic in Central American waters for over four years, but it is unclear how much of a dent…

COSTA RICA / 11 FEB 2016

A major organ trafficking case heading to trial in Costa Rica could reveal new details about the Central American country's role in the international illicit organ trade.

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