Disarmed and Dangerous
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Fish, Drugs and Murder
Costa Rica has recorded a record number of murders every year since 2015. Officials attribute the historic crime rate to the growing drug trade in the country. Coastal and fishing communities find themselves on the forefront of this problem. Shrinking fish stocks and illegal fishing has pushed many of these fishermen to work for traffickers who often operate by sea.
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Fighting the drug war
without an army
Police searching a group of men in Pavas, one of the deadliest districts in Costa Rica.
Police also host a number of preventative programs to keep children away from gangs.
These soccer games, "mejengas," in Pavas are meant to help build trust with the community.
The police give out treats, play music and bring in celebrity athletes to try and connect with the community.
The environment quickly changes at night. Police patrol Pavas in large groups for safety.
Police search a group of men while a local shop owner in Pavas looks on.
Police accidentally hit a motorcyclist while responding to reports of a shooting in San Jose.
"Cops. Welcome to Hell." Graffiti near a former drug trafficking bunker in Desamparados, San Jose.
Desamparados has lots of mountainside neighborhoods where thieves and drug dealers operate.
Police in Costa Rica are very underfunded. This prisoner transport vehicle's lock was rusted shut.
Records and supplies are antiquated. Most record keeping is still done by hand.
Police stopped two local "enforcers" after they arrested a drug dealer in Desamparados.
Face tattoos often indicate gang affiliation. The tear drop means the owner has killed.
A handful of crack rocks and some marijuana were the only drugs they confiscated during the arrest.
Police searching a group of men after shots were fired and the gunman ran away.
The men were intoxicated but did not have a weapon on them.
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Cali's fight for peace
Rubiel Idarraga, a former FARC fighter who's trying to build a new life as a construction worker.
Jorge Marin, a former child soldier for the FARC, teaches children about the dangers of joining armed groups.
Cali, Colombia, is known as the salsa capital of the world. It's also the most violent city in Colombia.
In an attempt to reduce murders, police raid violent neighborhoods early in the night to take at-risk youth off the street.
The young men are detained for the night and then released. Critics say this only creates more conflict in Cali.
Many of the detained are forced to walk home, often having to cross through rival neighborhoods.
More than half the murders happen in Aguablanca, a poor district of Cali filled with illegal settelments.
After the 2016 peace accords, Cali is expected to receive up to 25% of all demobilized fighters.
The government deployed special unarmed military units to help build transition camps for FARC fighters.
FARC fighters built their own temporary camps with bamboo and plastic tarps.
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Fishermen caught in the
Nearly 95% of Costa Rica's fishermen live on the Pacific coast. Overfishing has pushed many deeper into poverty.
The government established a yearly closed season to try and revive stocks, but locals say weak laws do nothing to stop poachers.
The Costa Rican Coast Guard was created in 2000 and has less than 600 officers to patrol over 500,000km2 of national waters.
They're tasked with protecting marine sources, aiding civilians stranded at sea and fighting off drug traffickers.
Costa Rica also lacks a domestic purse-seine fleet. All the country's alloted purse-seine tuna is leased out to foreign vessels.
Rafael Angel Umaña is the local leader of Port Nispero, a small fishing town in Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula.
Umaña says the amount of fish in the region decreased considerably since he started fishing more than 30 years ago.
Despite this, Umaña says poachers often invade their zone to fish illegally.
Sometimes Umaña can't even fish enough to cover the cost of ice and fuel he needs to go fishing.
The townspeople now lock up their engines after thieves raided the town one night and stole several engines.
After a day of fishing, Umaña came back to a text message showing local poachers illegally fishing thousands of pounds of fish.
Fishermen in Port Nispero resting on fishing nets.
A sunken boat in Puntarenas. Dozens of abandoned boats litter the city's coast after a sharp decline in the fishing industry.
The once vibrant fishing city now has higher unemployment, crime and drug use than the rest of the country.
Several fishermen were murdered in Fray Casiano, Puntarenas, back in 2016.
Police officials say they were murdered by after finding and selling a large shipment of cocaine they found out at sea.
Local prosecutors say the rise in violence and drug trafficking is linked to the decline of the city's fishing industry.
Umaña has noticed increased drug use and sales in his town, but hopes he can save the local fishery before it's too late.
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Spot news and poker
Canadians protested the Trump Tower opening in Vancouver, but a few Donal Trump supporters were in the crowd.
Fireworks on Halloween are a tradition in Vancouver, but are also a common cause of house fires.
Trevor Sexton a marine superintendent for Catherwood Towing, explained why several tugboats sank in 2015 in B.C.
Vancouver hosted the first Consumer Virtual Reality Expo in 2016.
Jason Sommerville, a popular poker streamer, guest hosted a World Series of Poker Event.
Gordon Vayo, the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up giving interviews.
Then presidential candidate Carlos Alvarado after voting in Costa Rica's second round of presidential elections.
Former Costa Rican president Luis Guillermo Solis after voting in the 2018 Costa Rican presidential elections.
Fabricio Alvarado, a religious populist from the National Restoration party after losing the second round.
National Restoration supporters after a resounding loss in the second round.
School children lined up with flags during the 2018 Costa Rican presidential elections.
Carlos Alvarado after he was inaugurated as Costa Rica's 48th president.
Police blocked protesters from the inauguration. They were protesting Costa Rica's unsolved femicides.
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