On 21 August, the Tico Times reported that Costa Rican authorities have seized gold bars, money and drugs in a “massive operation” against a network dedicated to the purchase of illegally mined gold — which has serious environmental impacts — to export to the US.  It is said that the prosecution undertook “a massive operation in different parts of the country” to dismantle the gold export structure, with the gold turned into bullion to be exported to the US. It is said that some 70 hectares of land had been invaded by illegal miners, known as “coligalleros”, who have caused serious environmental damage and polluted rivers through their use of cyanide and mercury.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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