Yacht spotted by U.S. Navy captured by Guardacostas

A 50-foot yacht first spotted by a U.S. Navy aircraft crew turned out to have a cocaine cargo, the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas said Thursday.

The U.S. aircraft crew on anti-drug patrol alerted local officials Tuesday afternoon, the Guardacostas said. That brought four Costa Rican launches to intercept the vessel about 1 p.m. Wednesday. The Guardacostas said their crewmen found four persons, two Costa Ricans and two Colombians on the boat, which bore the ironic name “No Problem.”

The interception was in the Pacific some 18 kilometers off Playa Carate on the Osa peninsula.

The Guardacostas said there were 653 kilos of cocaine on board.

In an unrelated discovery, officers and agents of the Policía de Control de Drogas Wednesday found a partly scuttled fastboat at the Isla del Caño and managed to confiscate some eight kilos of cocaine.

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