The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Today the USS RENTZ American Navy boat delivered to Costa Rican authorities three men that were arrested this week with 460 kilos of cocaine in a fishing boat, under an agreement for joint surveillance.
The U.S. warship arrived in Puerto Caldera, Puntarenas province, where local authorities took the suspects, whose identities were not disclosed.
The Costa Rican Security Ministry said in a statement that American officials also gave some of the cocaine seized in order to serve as evidence in the trial that will be held in Costa Rica.
The officers of the USS RENTZ arrested the subjects Monday in the Pacific while sailing aboard a fishing boat named “Papatec”, near the Punta Burica site located close to the border between Costa Rica and Panama.
In reviewing the boat, U.S. officials found 460 kilos of cocaine hidden inside the buoys.
The joint monitoring agreement between the U.S. and Costa Rica is valid until December 31 and is awaiting a renewal for six months in the Costa Rican Congress.
Each semester Congress approves the entry permit of American ships into Costa Rican waters and allows docking at its ports.
This agreement often faces rejection from opposition parties who consider it a loss of sovereignty of Costa Rica and the militarization of the fight against drugs in a country without an army since 1948. (EFE)
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