Much of drug boat’s cocaine cargo might be floating in sea

The 'Don Carlos' awaits further investigation. Photo: Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública/Paul Gamboa

There may be 1,000 kilos of cocaine floating in the sea off Flamingo.

Law enforcement agents said that a boat captured after a day-long chase Tuesday carried 1,500 kilos of cocaine but that the crew dumped most of it in the ocean. Officials said there were a total of 500 packages recovered. The three men, all Costa Ricans, have been questioned by prosecutors in Santa Cruz, and preventative detention is expected to be sought.

The suspects were identified by the last names of Molina Molina, Membreño Mendoza and Douglas Gómez. Two live in Puntarenas Centro and one lives in Tilirán.

Casa Presidencial said that six tons of cocaine had been confiscated this year. Information stemming from arrests in Colombia say that one drug gang was sending 10 tons a month through Costa Rica.

The confiscated drugs came to San José Wednesday under heavy guard, first by air and then by truck.

he suspected drug boat, the “Don Carlos,” is a fishing vessel that is now tied up at the docks of the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas near Flamingo. The owner, who was not on board is a Nicaraguan who has Costa Rican residency.

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