Anti-drug officers say they have encountered a more potent form of marijuana as they sought to clear hundreds of thousands of plants in the southern part of the county. Police said that the new variety of marijuana seems to resemble that which has been imported from Jamaica. The plants appear to have more concentrations of cannabinoids that smokers seek.
Police officers were up close and personal with the plants for 10 days as they cut down and destroyed crops in Balsar, Villa Colón, Paso Real, Santa Rosa, Sinaí, Potrero Grande and Cajón. They said they chopped down 246,697 plants at 20 locations.
The work is hot and on uneven land. Although some of the plants may have sprouted naturally, police said they suspect that many had been cultivated.
In one location they said they found 450 pounds of dried marijuana.
Costa Rican marijuana is readily available, and many plants do grow wild. But recreational smokers generally prefer the strong imported variety. That is why there is smuggling from Jamaica to the Caribbean coast.
The Policía de Control de Drogas has the assistance of the Unidad de Intervención Policial of the Fuerza Pública and the Policía de Fronteras. The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública said police destroyed more than a million plants this year.