Six Arrested Off Costa Rican Coast with 486 Kilos of Marijuana

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The National Guard arrested six subjects, two of which are Costa Ricans, for suspected drug trafficking at sea.

    They were carrying 486.5 kilos of compressed marijuana. Their presence in Costa Rican waters was intercepted by U.S. officials who gave information to Costa Rican authorities.

    The alert came Friday afternoon from the Americans when the speedboat was stranded about 80 nautical miles from Limon.

    “The suspected drug traffickers aboard a speedboat about 40 feet long, equipped with three engines of 200 horsepower each, which sank because apart from its poor condition, there were prevailing waves up to four meters and a severe thunderstorm,” reported the Ministry of Security.

    The authorities of the Ministry of Public Security presume that this drug came from Jamaica, as has happened with many other shipments intercepted by the Coast Guard in waters of the Costa Rican Caribbean.

    Detainees are two Costa Ricans, two Nicaraguans, and two Jamaicans.

    The drug is in possession of Drug Control Police and the six detainees in the hands of the local prosecutor.

    Now the suspects could face international drug trafficking offenses for which the penalty is up to 20 years in prison.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

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