In an operation in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Costa Rican Coast Guard Service and Drug Control Police seized 1,002 kilograms of cocaine with a value of over $35,000,000 USD.
The vessel, under the name “Princeso Claudio”, was intercepted 53 nautical miles off the coast of Puntarenas, 4 men were arrested with last names López Avalos ,45 years of age who was the captain, and three others with last names Espinoza Alvarez, 34 years old; Flores Zamora, age 33 and Mejía Zambrano, 44 years old. The first two are Costa Rican and the others Nicaraguan.


The packages of drug were hidden under a double lining.
So far this year Costa Rican authorities have confiscated closed to 15 tons of cocaine with a street value of over $550,000,000 USD.