Along the coast or out to sea, drug smugglers have a challenge. The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking them out.
Friday a U.S. observation plane spotted a fastboat some 70 miles south of Golfito. The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas joined the hunt.
That led to the detention of three crew members and some 568 kilos of presumed cocaine. One of those detained had been deported by
the Dirección General de Migración after having been detained at sea several weeks ago. The security ministry said that the prior case lacked evidence.
Last Dec.10 some 500 miles off the Costa Rican coast, a U.S. Coast Guard vessel detained eight persons about another craft and confiscated 900 kilos of cocaine, said the security ministry. These suspects were turned over to Costa Rican officials Thursday. The suspects were on the Yerelin-D, a boat registered in Puntarenas. The U.S. vessels involved in the detentions were not identified.