Ministry goes to Colombia to buy drug-type fastboats

The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas is getting four Colombian-manufactured fastboats to patrol the Caribbean, said the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública.

In addition, the ministry will be investing $1 million in a new coast guard station in Limón, it announced Friday.

The ministry said that each of the new boats will cost $200,000. Typically drug smugglers use open boats with four 100-horsepower outboards attached.

The Fuerza Pública also will be getting five Toyota Landcruisers for use in the province of Limón, the ministry said.

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