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Border Police find stash of more than $360,000 hidden under a bus

Costa Rican Customs Police on Monday discovered a stash of $363,000 hidden inside a sealed box under the steps of a bus that was waiting to enter the country at Peñas Blancas, the northern border with Nicaragua.

The discovery was made during normal search procedures performed on all buses entering Costa Rica.

“The cardboard box was sealed with tape and tied with rope to the iron parts of the bus chassis,” Customs Police Director Luis Alonso Bonilla said.

The bus was taken to the Drug Control Police facilities at Peñas Blancas. Both the driver and the evidence were sent to the Prosecutor’s Office in Liberia, Guanacaste. No additional arrests were made.

Bonilla said the money would be used to finance the government fight against illicit drugs.

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