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Costa Rica faces rise in drug trafficking

Police struggle to tackle increasing violence in poor city where more are turning to narcotics trade to earn living.

Last Modified: 03 May 2013 21:09
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Costa Rica is one of the most dynamic economies in central America and a destination of millions of tourists every year.

But drug trafficking is becoming a major problem and violence is on the rise in the country.

In the relatively poor city of Barra Del Colorado, a growing number of people are turning to the narcotics trade to earn a living, due to a lack of financial help from the government.

Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher reports from Barra Del Colorado, Costa Rica, 

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