Another fishing boat yields cocaine cargo

In what seems like a frequent occurrence, law officers reported they found 793 kilos of cocaine on a Costa Rican fishing boat.

The seizure Saturday was made 205 nautical miles off Cabo Matapalo, and four Costa Rican crew members were taken into custody.

The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas and the security ministry said officers received information about the boat from a U.S. frigate on patrol. The boat is the “María Bonita.”  The cocaine was in a double-walled part of the boat, officers said.

A U.S. drug interdiction patrol at sea stopped the boat May 13 but a full search could not be completed because of the large quantity of ice that was being carried, police here said.

The Guardacostas made two similar seizures since May 8 that total more than three tons.

That figure does not include discoveries on land. For example, Friday Fuerza Pública officers stopped a motorist in San Vito de Coto Brus and found that the vehicle contained 92 kilos of cocaine. That location is near the border with Panamá.

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