QCOSTARICA – Being involved in the drug trade in Costa Rica decreases one’s life span, less during a drug war, as is the case currently going on in the country and mainly centred in the Greater Metropolitan Area of San Jose.
According to numbers by the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), in the first half of the year there were 106 “narco” (drug trade) related murders or on average one murder every two days.
That number does not take into account the other 61 murders where the motive is not yet clear.
Narco killings represent 40% of all the 267 murders for the first six months of 2015.
In addition to the murders, that can be described as “settling of scores” or “fights for turf”, in the first six months of the year, 39 robberies, 38 fights and 11 cases of domestic violence, were directly related to the drug trade.
Gustavo Mata, the ministro de Seguridad (Minister of Security) says these crimes are a result of the drug war in the country.
“If we didn’t have this setting of scores, we would historically have lower rates of violence. In Costa Rica they don’t kill you to take your cell phone, or car; they no longer do … continue reading