The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas has put into service launches confiscated as part of anti-drug operation.
Smugglers use these fastboats to elude capture. Now the coast guard is using the same vessels to run down boats carrying cocaine and marijuana in the Caribbean.
This is all part of a larger program to bring more law enforcement to Limón Centro and the areas around it. Most of the boats that have been confiscated are from Colombian smugglers. Each has two powerful outboard motors.
The announcement about the boats comes at a time when the security ministry to which the coast guard is attached is trying to change the lawless image of the Caribbean coast, particularly in the light of the recent death of an environmentalist who was killed by presumed drug smugglers.