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Launch of Costa Rica Situation Report 2013: Drug Trafficking and the Threat of Organized Crime


On 3 December 2013, the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ, according to its acronym in Spanish) of Costa Rica, in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN), launched the  Costa Rica Situation Report 2013: Drug Trafficking and the Threat of Organized Crime .

The launch took place at the premises of OIJ in San José, Costa Rica, and was attended by numerous national counterparts, members of the diplomatic corps, as well as representatives of television and print media.

The launch was jointly led by the Director of the OIJ, Mr. Francisco Segura; the Canadian Ambassador to Costa Rica, Her Excellency Wendy Drukier; the Regional Representative of UNODC, Mr. Amado Philip de Andrés; and, the Head of the Office of Planning and Operations (OPO), Mr. Michael Soto.   

This report is the first of its kind to be published in the region and is part of a series of Situation Reports that are being developed by the UNODC Santo Domingo Pact and SICA-UNODC Mechanism (PSD/MSU) project team, with the objective of providing information on flows and trends of organized crime and drug trafficking nationwide. The report highlights the main trafficking routes for drugs and human beings; analyzes the way in which regional and international trends in organized crime are affecting the country; identifies the specific consequences of the presence of transnational organized crime groups; and, underlines the relationship between the consumption of drugs, arms trafficking and the generation of violence. These observations are made with the objective of making recommendations for policy development.

The preparation of this document was led by the OPO, a branch of the OIJ of Costa Rica, in close collaboration with the Network of Organized Crime Strategic Analysts/Researchers of the Santo Domingo Pact/SICA-UNODC Mechanism, with the support of the Illicit Trafficking and Organized Crime Branch of UNODC Vienna. The Government of Canada contributed in large part to the financing of the Report and its publication.

The Report is based on the methodology developed by UNODC and was conducted with information and data provided directly by various Costa Rican government agencies, such as: the Judicial Research Organism; the Ministry of Public Security; the Public Ministry; the Cost Rican Drug Institute; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and, the Directorate General of Immigration, which contributed with the involvement of staff and directors throughout the development process. 


Click here to view Situation Report in PDF Format (Spanish Only).