Law officers came upon a stash of fuel on the bank of the Río Bananito in Westfalia, Limón, Saturday. Officers suppose that the fuel was for drug boats because the location is close to where they encountered a craft with two tons of marijuana Jan. 19.
The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública said that officers from both the Fuerza Pública and the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas were involved in the discovery. Based on the containers, officers estimated that there were 2,700 liters of fuel, more than 700 gallons.
There is a steady business on both coasts of refueling drug boats. Sometimes the refueling is done on the high seas. Other times the transfer of fuel takes place in secluded coves.
Ironically, many times the fuel is that specified as being without tax by the government for the benefit of fishing crews.