Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas crew members working on a tip from a U.S. aircraft detained five persons and confiscated 810 kilos of cocaine off Quepos Tuesday.
On land, the Policía de Control de Drogas conducted 10 raids Wednesday to nab nine drug suspects in San José, Heredia and Limón. The security ministry said that the arrests involved members of two separate groups.
The Heredia-Limón organization was involved in the distribution of Jamaican marijuana, investigators said.
Two launches and security ministry aircraft closed in on the Ecuadorian-registered 30-foot Cherna about 1 p.m. Tuesday. Two Costa Ricans and three Colombians were aboard.
The first land-based drug distributors worked the Cañada Sur and San Sebastián areas of San José. The second organization imported marijuana to Limón and then transferred it to Heredia for retail sales, the security ministry said.