Costa Rica cops seize 900 kilos of cocaine at Pacific port
Costa Rican anti-drug police on Sunday seized 901 kilograms of cocaine and arrested nine members of a drug trafficking crew, among them four Colombians, two Nicaraguans, a Panamanian and two Costa Ricans.
Public Security Minister Mario Zamora announced the bust following a three-day police operation in Quepos, on the central Pacific coast 170 kilometers west of the capital.
Zamora said the drugs likely came from Colombia and were discovered in a luxury residence 1 km from the center of the port town, hidden underneath mattresses.
Officials say drug traffickers used the house as a storage point for shipments north to the United States – the world’s biggest illicit drug consumer nation – via Mexico.
Police also confiscated four vehicles and three firearms during the operation.
Costa Rica has seized some 5.3 tons of cocaine already this year, officials said.
You may be interested
Buchón cantina: Spritz cocktails to dine forNatalia Díaz - October 18, 2018
Buchón was the first place I tasted the Aperol Spritz, months before it became fashionable around San José. In fact,…
Tico Times Shade: What does ‘middle class’ mean in Costa Rica?Alejandro Zúñiga - October 18, 2018
It’s not often The Tico Times writes an explainer about basic Costa Rican daily living that’s equally surprising to a…
Costa Rica grants asylum to Nicaraguan activist Alvaro LeivaAFP - October 18, 2018
Costa Rica granted the Nicaraguan human rights activist Alvaro Leiva political asylum last week. Leiva is the secretary of the…