Cocaine Seizures in Costa Rica in First Quarter 2014

Security agencies in Costa Rica reported seizing about 4.8 metric tons of cocaine along the countries Pacific Coast during the first 4 months of 2014. In all of 2013, security forces seized 18 metric tons of cocaine along the Pacific coast. (Additional facts about cocaine.) In addition to cocaine trafficking, the Public Security Ministry is… Continue reading Cocaine Seizures in Costa Rica in First Quarter 2014

Alcohol and Cigarette Smuggling in Costa Rica

22 percent of the alcohol sold in Costa Rica is sold illegally without the payment of taxes, according to the Finance Ministry. Over 90 percent of the contraband alcohol is smuggled into the country. Financial authorities also seized 12.3 million black market cigarettes that were being smuggled without the payment of duties in the first… Continue reading Alcohol and Cigarette Smuggling in Costa Rica

Ecstasy Market in Costa Rica

There are an estimated 300,000 people in Costa Rica between the ages of 13 to 35 who consume synthetic drugs such as ecstasy. 2 percent of students stated that they have tried ecstasy at least once in their life. According to officials, a single ecstasy pill costs between $11 to $19 on the black market,… Continue reading Ecstasy Market in Costa Rica

Effects of Organized Crime to Central America’s Economy

A study conducted by the World Bank found that the economic costs to the Central America region due to organized crime violence is $6.5 Billion per year. The costs associated with the violence decreases the region’s GDP by 7.7 percent. The impact of organized crime and drug trafficking violence on the countries GDP is as… Continue reading Effects of Organized Crime to Central America’s Economy

Price Received for Selling Organ in Costa Rica

During the first six months of 2013, immigration officials in Costa Rica identified 20 cases of human trafficking within the country. 9 victims were trafficked for sexual exploitations, and 7 were victims of organ trafficking. People who sold their organs in Costa Rica received $20,000 for their organs and were transported to Israel for the… Continue reading Price Received for Selling Organ in Costa Rica

Number of Cigarettes Smuggled into Costa Rica Every Day

As of July 2013, an estimated 800,000 cigarettes were being smuggled into the black market of Costa Rica each day, according to the tobacco industry in the country. The rate of cigarette smuggling was 19 percent higher than the previous year. In 2008-2009, the smuggling rate for tobacco in Costa Rica was 20 percent of… Continue reading Number of Cigarettes Smuggled into Costa Rica Every Day

Turtle Eggs For Sale on the Black Market

In the coastal city of Puerto Limón in Costa Rica, residents are becoming addicted to cocaine due to its location along the trafficking routes from South American to the United States. Security officials in the country state that many drug traffickers are paying local suppliers in cocaine, which is then consumed locally. (See all wildlife… Continue reading Turtle Eggs For Sale on the Black Market

Pharmaceutical Drugs Trafficking from Nicaragua to Costa Rica

Security agents in Costa Rica has seen an increase in pharmaceutical drugs that have been trafficked into the country from Nicaragua. 618 units of pharmaceutical drugs were seized in Costa Rica in 2010. The following year, the number of seizures rose to 4,315, and rose again to 7,323 in 2012. In the first four months… Continue reading Pharmaceutical Drugs Trafficking from Nicaragua to Costa Rica

Guns in Mexico and Central America

A report released by the Collective Security Analysis for Democracy stated that there were 2.8 million unregistered firearms in Central America, and an additional 15 million unregistered guns in Mexico. According to the study, the majority of these guns are used by organized crime gangs and drug trafficking cartels to carry out their illicit activities.… Continue reading Guns in Mexico and Central America