The Costa Rican Coast Guard and Drug Control Service, in collaboration with the United States Coast Guard, apprehended three Colombian drug-traffickers aboard a low-profile vehicle (LPV) with a cargo of around 2,000 “packets” of cocaine.
“The Costa Rican coast guard service and drug control police said three Colombian men were arrested and remain in custody in Costa Rica.
“The joint work between the authorities of the United States and the national police is yielding good results in the fight against international drug-trafficking, which has permitted us to seize more than 17 tons of drugs this year,” said Costa Rican Security Minister Michael Soto.
Within that total, 6.7 tons of drugs have been seized in the past 10 days.
Colombian police seized 12 tons of cocaine in November, their biggest haul ever.
With its strategic location surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Colombia continues to be one of the biggest producers of cocaine worldwide, generating about 910 tons annually, despite the efforts of the government, according to figures from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.“
This article originally appeared in Reuters