Costa Rica to Virginia cocaine ring busted

May 18, 2011

A drug pipeline shipping cocaine from Costa Rica to Norfolk, Virginia in the United States was broken up by authorities, The Virginia Pilot reported Wednesday. Two men were arrested on charges of importing more than 10 pounds of cocaine.

The bust is part of a push by U.S. authorities to stop shipments at their source.

“Our foreign offices have built a better rapport with foreign governments,” Mike Kennedy, an agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Norfolk, told The Pilot. “The communication’s flowing better back and forth.”

Glen Stephen Dellibovi, 46, and Gerard Enriquez, 42, were arrested Friday, according to a court affidavit filed by a DEA agent, after receiving what they believed to be a 5-kilogram shipment of cocaine from Costa Rica. The arrangement was all part of a sting set up by an undercover DEA agent acting as an employee of a commercial airline. The agent told Dellibovi he was willing to sneak drugs into the country. Dellibovi offered the agent $30,000 to bring the 5-kilograms of cocaine into the United States as a “test run.” In the affidavit, Dellibovi said he had been “he had been in the business for the better half of the past 30 years.” .

The operation ended with Dellibovi and Enriquez arrested by DEA agents in a shopping center parking lot after being delivered a dummy package of campaign.

Last year, Jeffrey A. Benoit, a Canadian from Ontario, was arrested in a similar sting operation involving Costa Rica, The Pilot reported. He was later sentenced to 70 months in prison.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

HolaLola: Capturing Costa Rica’s essence in art
Pic of the Day
363 views
Pic of the Day
363 views

HolaLola: Capturing Costa Rica’s essence in art

Alissa Grosskopf - October 23, 2018

You have probably seen Priscilla Aguirre's art at HolaLola before. It captures the beauty of Costa Rica's nature and culture…

Five things I learned while watching the sun set over El Clásico
Soccer
1014 views
Soccer
1014 views

Five things I learned while watching the sun set over El Clásico

Alejandro Zúñiga - October 22, 2018

TIBÁS — It’s difficult to enjoy a spectacular sunset while the concrete grandstand of a 50-year-old stadium shakes haphazardly under…

The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 22, 2018
Tico Times Weekly Digest
521 views
Tico Times Weekly Digest
521 views

The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 22, 2018

Alexander Villegas - October 22, 2018

It's Monday everyone. That means it's time for another dose of The Tico Times Weekly Digest. This week's Digest is…