A crew from the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas broke up what appears to have been the transfer of drugs from a shipping container to a fastboat early Thursday.
Coast guard crewmen encountered a small boat in Cieneguita that was stocked with containers of fuel for its three 200-horsepower motors. This is a classic drug boat. The crew fled when the Coast guard approached, officials said. The boat contained firearms, a radio, food and drinks. The small boat appeared ready to head for the open seas.
Some time later, police encountered a container that contained 445 kilos of cocaine. The container had come to Costa Rica from Turbo, Colombia.
The inlet where the coast guard crew members found the boat is just off the Caribbean in Limón. This is in an area that has limited police protection and where drug smuggling and other crimes are rampant. Police had been fired on in this area.