The nation’s drug institute has donated $20,000 worth of video cameras to the Judicial Investigating Organization.
The announcement came from Mauricio Boraschi, formerly head of the Instituto Costarricense sobre Drogas and now a vice minister on the presidential staff.
In all there are 38 Sony video cameras for use in investigative work. The drug institute is the beneficiary of confiscated cash and goods seized as a result of drug investigations.
Boraschi said the institute has contributed 74 million colons to the judicial police so far this year.
That would be about $148,000.
Although the drug institute gets an interest in money, cars and other personal property, there is a time lag before the goods can be converted into cash. The institute has to wait until the individual is convicted and all the appeals have been exhausted.
The cameras presumably will be used to generate more impactful evidence for court trials and to generate surveillance videos.