Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Peaceful Costa Rica wages war on drugs

Costa Rica is showing progress in its war on drugs, but concerns exist that the country is used as an exchange center for major drug trade.

BY BLAKE SCHMIDT
Special to the Miami Herald

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Known abroad mostly for its political stability, pristine beaches and eco-tourism, this country without an army has suddenly found itself in the middle of the war on drugs.

During President Oscar Arias' 14 months in office, Costa Rican and U.S. authorities have set seizure records in increasingly spectacular drug busts - nearly 50 tons of cocaine, compared with 2003, when seizures didn't reach one ton.

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