Thunderstorm
Weather for San José:
High 30° / Low 20°
Thunderstorm
Click here for six-day forecast for 16 communities across Costa Rica!
CLICK HERE TO
SIGN UP FOR OUR FREE DAILY NEWSLETTER
BUY
541.50
SELL
553.50
BUY
590.56
SELL
620.58
BUY
408.99
SELL
433.00
Banco BAC
Banco BCR
Banco Nacional
Banco Popular
Banco Scotiabank

Sea Turtle Poacher in Costa Rica Gets Prison Sentence

Share this article
Source: MSP Costa Rica

Source: MSP Costa Rica

A Nicaraguan citizen who killed and gutted a green sea turtle in Costa Rica has been sentenced to 12 months in prison; he is not, however, in custody at the moment. The 40-year old man, whose last name is Martinez, was found guilty of the crime of slaughter of a Chelonia mydas in a sector of the Tortuguero National Park in the Caribbean region, an area that is a sanctuary for sea turtles in Costa Rica.

The convicted turtle poacher was caught in flagrante delicto by police officers and park rangers during a routine patrol of the conservation area in the province of Limon. Martinez had extracted about 40 kilograms of turtle meat when he was arrested.

An official press release by the Ministry of Public Safety (MSP in Spanish) explained that Martinez was apprehended in an area where many green sea turtles massively arrive to nest. The turtle poacher had already completed his nefarious and bloody crime against wildlife when he was caught on July 25th; police confiscated the turtle meat and quickly preserved it for evidence at a speedy trial.

The Tribunal of Pococi in Limon closed the case this past Saturday around 5:30 pm. Martinez is on conditional release from freedom; should he be found guilty of another crime in the next 12 months he may find himself serving consecutive sentences in one of Costa Rica’s correctional institutions, which are quickly becoming overcrowded.

More Arrests in Limon, Four Sea Turtles Rescued

Nesting season for some marine turtle species that massively arrive on the coasts of Costa Rica is keeping law enforcement busy. Officers from Fuerza Publica (the national police in Costa Rica) and agents from the Judicial Investigations Organization (OIJ in Spanish) arrested four alleged turtle poachers in Moin, province of Limon, on August 12th, 2003.

The officers in question were following leads as part of a crackdown on sea turtle poachers. They raided a home in Moin and surprised four men -including another Nicaraguan whose last name is also Martinez- cooking turtle meat. They had already butchered two turtles, but the Fuerza Publica officers and OIJ agents rescued four that were still alive.

These poachers were packing heat; in addition to the sea turtles and sharp gutting instruments, officers confiscated three firearms. Additional officers have been called in to augment and continue the anti-poaching operation.

Sources: MSP Facebook (photos)

Print Friendly

Related Articles

Interview: Costa Rican Skiing to the 2018 Winter Olympics

Meet Andre Moreno Hamm, an elite skier who aims to represent Costa Rica at the 2018 South Korea Winter [...]

Human Traffickers Captured at Both Costa Rican Borders

By Wendy Anders Over the weekend, Costa Rican immigration police cooperated in a regional sting [...]

Turn Off Those Lights! Electricity Hike Is Next

By Wendy Anders Yesterday, the Public Services Regulatory Agency (Aresep) announced changes to [...]

Non-Profit from Costa Rica Earns Major Award

The Carlos Slim Foundation on Tuesday presented its Health Awards to Costa Rica’s TeenSmart [...]

Urban Passenger Train System Gets Boost

By Wendy Anders You aren’t alone in feeling there’s been lots of talk and little action on urban trains; [...]

French Expat Hospitalized After Violent Robbery in Costa Rica

A young man who came to Costa Rica to help foreign language students at institutions of higher learning [...]

Costa Rica Car Imports Up 26%

By Wendy Anders While business owners, legislators, and government offices alike consider a host of [...]

Minimizing School Vacation Fatalities is Shared Responsibility

By Wendy Anders Last year’s mid-term July school vacations were dampened by 12 deaths, over 536 traffic [...]