Marijuana craft crewmen give patrol boats the slip

The U.S. Coast Guard chased a fishing boat loaded with marijuana into Costa Rican territorial waters in the Caribbean, but the fleeing crew was able to dock the boat and flee before Costa Rican Guardacoastas caught up with them.

The security ministry said that the cargo of the boat was known because the crew started dumping marijuana into the sea when they saw the U.S. Coast Guard boat approaching.

The origin of the marijuana was not known. Typically seagoing smugglers move cocaine. That the smugglers docked at Matina suggests that they might be local.

Boats of the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas participated in the attempted interception. They were from the stations at Barra del Colorado, Limón and Aguadulce.

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