Prosecutors interrogating crew caught by U.S. Coast Guard

'Miss Jacky' is towed into its home port of Puntarenas Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública/Paul Gamboa

Prosecutors Tuesday afternoon were questioning five crewmen of the “Miss Jacky,” who were brought ashore by the U.S. Coast Guard crew of the “Waesche.”

The Poder Judicial upgraded the amount of suspected drugs that had been recovered when the crew of the Costa Rican fishing boat threw bundles into the sea. Now the amount is 500 kilos, the Poder Judicial said in a message Tuesday afternoon.

The boat was intercepted Friday about 251 miles northeast of the Isla del Coco. The Coast Guard vessel carries a helicopter.

The Poder Judicial identified the drug smuggling suspects by the last names of Barrantes Carranza, Sánchez Vásquez, Montero Alcázar, Blanco Villagra and Sánchez Vásquez. The judicial agency said prosecutors would seek preventative detention for the men today in the Juzgado Penal de San José.

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