Navies of the United States and Holland team up Friday to chase a presumed drug boat into Costa Rican waters, but all that the local patrol boats could come up with were 58 kilos of packaged marijuana.
The security ministry said that a U.S. aircraft spotted the vessel about 6 p.m. about 100 miles in the Caribbean from Limón. A Dutch navy ship took up the chase and came within 30 miles of the Costa Rican coast.
Although the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas sent two patrol boats to intercept the smaller vessel, the crews were unsuccessful. By 5 a.m. Saturday, the Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea was patrolling the sea from above, but the crew of this plane had no luck either.
The patrol boats managed to pick up the packages of marijuana that for some reason, perhaps to distract pursuers, the smugglers threw in the water.
There seems to be a steady flow of high-grade marijuana from Jamaica. and the packages are carried in fast boats much the same way that cocaine is smuggled north.
The Dutch has had an anti-drug agreement with Costa Rica since 2010.