Submitted by fyl on Thu, 2011/05/26 - 07:16.
An article which appeared in various sources including InsideCostaRica
talks about a big cocaine bust near the Nicaraguan border. Here is a quote from that article.
Costa Rica's police has seized 560 kilograms of cocaine aboard a livestock truck, the minister de Seguridad Pública (MSP) said in a statement Tuesday. Police said the seizure was carried out late Monday in Cuajiniquil de la Cruz, in the province of Guanacaste, near the Peñas Blancas border crossing with Nicaragua. The truck was headed for the Nicaraguan border.
While not technically incorrect, misleading comes to mind. Looking into where the truck was, the following is from /www.cuajiniquil.com/cuajiniquil/index.html" target="_blank">cuajiniquil.com, the picture changes a bit.
Cuajiniquil is a small fishing village on the Pacific coast of northwest Costa Rica. This little town is located about 10 km from the Pan-American Highway, 56 km northwest of Liberia, and 50 km southwest of Nicaragua.
If that isn't enough to illustrate the problem, look at a map. While the implication was that the truck was headed for the border at Peñas Blancas, it is rather clear it was not. Most likely the cargo was destined for a boat trip to the Nicaraguan coast. As over half a ton of cocaine is even a lot more than Gringos in San Juan del Sur could consume during Semana Santa, it is realistic to assume this was just another hop on a trip from Colombia to the US.
The two questions I like to see addressed are:
- Who was going to receive the shipment in Nicaragua?
- How did this cocaine get from Colombia to Costa Rica and, in particular, the north end of Costa Rica?