Costa Rica arrests Mexican gangsters with a ton of cocaine
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Costa Rican police seized around a ton of cocaine and arrested two suspected Mexican traffickers in the latest sign Mexican gangs are stepping up their use of the country as a storage point.
Police found 2,139 pounds of cocaine stashed at a rural house near the Pacific coast northwest of San Jose, and arrested two Mexican nationals at the scene. They are believed to be members of Mexico’s Juarez cartel, the public security ministry said.
President-elect Laura Chinchilla, a former security minister who won a landslide election victory on Sunday, has said combating Mexican drug gangs operating in Costa Rica will be a priority when she takes power in May.
A three-year army crackdown on drug gangs in Mexico has encouraged some traffickers to push south into Central America, setting up bases in countries like Guatemala as they seek new routes to smuggle South American cocaine to the United States.
Costa Rican authorities have seized 93 ton of cocaine between 2006 and 2009 — nearly twice the amount the country captured in the preceding decade.
Costa Rica is known for being an oasis of stability, high living standards and low crime in a region scarred by Cold War-era civil wars and plagued by violent street gangs.
But it also sits halfway between the cocaine-producing Andes and Mexico, whose smuggling gangs earn some $40 billion a year smuggling the drug north using planes, boats and trucks.
Sit in the middle of the highway between vendors and consumers of death and destruction – yes, you may be run over by a drugs steamroller.
Producer nations do little to stop the trade. Consumer nations – like the United States – are endlessly mired in moral stupidity wallpapered with biblical quotes and opportunist politicians. All that a nation in the middle can do – like Costa Rica – is to defend their own interests and safety as aggressively as possible.