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Costa Rica’s Security Minister Talks Cocaine, Killings, and Organized Crime

Costa Rica has had a tumultuous start to 2020. The country seized the largest ever haul of cocaine within its borders and homicides...
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What Homicide Statistics Reveal About Costa Rica’s Criminal Future

The relative tranquility enjoyed by Costa Rica, in comparison with other countries in Central America, has been offset in recent years by a wave of homicides that...
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Why a Measly Five Tons of Cocaine Has Costa Rica Deeply Worried

The container of ornamental plants had passed through customs at Costa Rica's port of Limón and was awaiting transfer to a ship headed to the Netherlands. But...
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Capital Murder: 2019 Homicide Rates in Latin America’s Capital Cities

In a year marked by political and criminal turmoil, Latin American capitals did not escape the effects of the violence, organized crime and state repression...
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Costa Rica Seizures Show Heightened Focus on Pacific Drug Route

Since 2020 began, major operations along Costa Rica’s western coast have brought in nearly 1,000 kilograms of cocaine showing the country’s increasing efforts...
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Butterflies, Beetles and Spiders: Costa Rica’s Smaller Eco-trafficking Targets

While eco-trafficking in Costa Rica has largely been associated with turtles, recent raids have shown how its butterflies, beetles, wasps and spiders can also fetch...
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Costa Rica Struggling to Stop Repeated Organ Trafficking Cases

Prosecutors in Costa Rica are investigating a suspected organ trafficking ring at a hospital in the country’s capital -- the second time in recent years they’ve...
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‘Transportista’ Groups Expand Operations in Costa Rica

A Costa Rican crime group earned more than $100,000 providing logistical support to drug traffickers -- evidence that “transportista” services in the Central...
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Costa Rica Oil Theft Reaches Record High in 2019

Oil theft cases in Costa have hit record levels in 2019 and increased nearly six fold in the past three years -- evidence that the fuel theft racket has grown...