Colombian Caracol Televisión has a show called “Testigo Directo” (Direct Witness), a space dedicated to research whose team visited the country and reached the conclusion that “Costa Rica is a paradise for Mexican and Colombian drug cartels.”
The documentary shows the problems that the country faces due to the increase in local and international drug trafficking that affect society. In addition, it emphasizes the discussion of the law of extinction of domain that seeks to take away assets from people who cannot justify the way in which they acquired them.
This project has been approved in the countries of the region so some promoters insist that the country can become a destination for criminals to take refuge.
The documentary involves the national leaders of the Costa Rican Institute on Drugs, Guillermo Araya and Walter Espinoza, director of the Judicial Investigation Agency.
In addition, the work done by the journalist Alexánder Oyola details the Costa Rican reality:
Insecurity, drug trafficking and homicides are alarming.”
Similarly, the absence of radars to detect boats and the revision of containers with scanners is questioned.
In Costa Rica, everything is working just like in Colombia: there are criminal groups collecting taxes. A lot of work is being done (…) everyone who works in this has their legally constituted companies. They are big businessmen (…) and they legalize the money with their companies,”
assured an anonymous witness.