"Another problem occurs when officials turn a blind eye to a narcotics trade that looms large in the region. 'Central America has become the meat in the sandwich' - as a trans-shipment point, storehouse and money laundering centre - in the drug traffic from Colombia to the US, said Costa Rican parliamentarian Belisario Solano. The Costa Rican Defence Ministry estimates that between 50 and 70 tonnes of cocaine travel through Costa Rica to the US every year."


Gutiérrez, Miren, Transparency International, "Global Corruption Report 2001: Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico" (Berlin, Germany: Transparency International, 2001), p. 160.