U.S. and Costa Rica join forces to snag cocaine boat

United States and Costa Rican agencies coordinated in discovering nearly two tons of cocaine aboard a supposed fishing boat off the southwest Pacific coast. After not sleeping for 36 hours, local coast guard officers detained a trio of Costa Rican men on Tuesday about 30 miles from Golfo Dulce’s entrance, according to a Fuerza Pública report.

Thanks to Costa Rica’s joint patrol agreement, the two countries have again worked together in a successful drug bust. Mario Zamora, the minister of Security said Wednesday that U.S. authorities had been feeding vital information to the country’s Servicio Nacional de Guardacoastas for two days to help crewmen locate the boat.

The 10-meter long fishing vessel, named “Angel del Mar II,” was registered in Quepos. A press representative from the Fuerza Pública said that the coast guard from the “Santamaría” patrol ship saw there were no fish aboard the ship and found the 1,900 kilograms of cocaine contained in more than 40 packages that were hidden in the hold.

The report said the drugs were taken to Golfito Tuesday afternoon for further inspection by the Policía de Control de Drogas.

In the past month, the crew from “Santamaría” has been involved with three drug busts that have yielded approximately 3,200 kilograms in all. They had to fish more than a ton of cocaine packages from the Pacific following an April 10 arrest off Cabo Matapalo where the smugglers threw them overboard.

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