All About Costa Rica

COSTA RICA / 25 MAY 2015

Recent bloodshed in Costa Rica's capital has been attributed to gangs battling for control of local drug sales, furthering concerns that the country's development as a major drug transit zone…

COSTA RICA / 14 MAY 2015

Over $4 billion is laundered in Costa Rica every year, according to a government official, where a high degree of financial openness combined with the country’s growing role in the…

COSTA RICA / 29 APR 2015

Costa Rica's authorities have arrested over a dozen alleged members of a drug trafficking network that officials say has contributed to rising violence, but the country's criminal dynamics indicate other…

CONTRABAND / 25 MAR 2015

Costa Rica is considering imposing prison sentences for small-scale contraband smugglers, a hardline response to an illicit activity that governments across the region are struggling to reign in.  …

COSTA RICA / 12 FEB 2015

The recent bust of a cocaine trafficking ring in Costa Rica highlights how smaller, independent operators are moving into the transnational drug trade, as the Central American country remains an…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 11 FEB 2015

Costa Rican authorities have conducted a series of raid against what they believe is an international arms trafficking ring with links to Mexico, Colombia and Panama.

COSTA RICA / 5 FEB 2015

In 2014, Costa Rica registered its highest number of homicides in three years, a phenomenon authorities attribute to disputes between rival drug trafficking groups as the country's importance as a…

CONTRABAND / 12 JAN 2015

Contraband is a bigger problem in Costa Rica than drug trafficking, according to government officials, highlighting the scale of the country's illicit smuggling of goods that range from cigarettes to…

COSTA RICA / 28 NOV 2014

Costa Rica has set in motion a plan to establish a specialized organized crime and drug trafficking court in an attempt to stop organized crime infiltrating the country's judicial system.

COSTA RICA / 17 NOV 2014

Mexican drug cartels are reportedly arming gangs in Costa Rica with high-caliber weaponry, perhaps an indication that the Mexican criminals are shifting operations from countries under intense security pressure to…

COCAINE / 3 JUL 2014

US authorities have seized more than 2 tons of cocaine from a Costa Rican vessel in the Pacific, highlighting the increasing role played by the nation's criminal groups in the…

COSTA RICA / 17 JUN 2014

A recently captured drug trafficker from Nicaragua has accused Sandinista political heavyweight Eden Pastora of placing a hit on his life, something that speaks to the political and criminal intrigue…

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