Costa Rica Seizes 400 Kilos of Drugs at Nicaraguan Border

By Dialogo
May 21, 2013

Costa Rican authorities seized a shipment of 406 kilos of cocaine hidden in a truck heading to Nicaragua, the Drug Control Police (PCD) reported.

The vehicle was stopped at the border checkpoint of Peñas Blancas, in the north of the country, while trying to cross to the neighboring country, the PCD said in a statement.

Its driver, a 52-year-old Costa Rican national named Velásquez Ramírez was arrested for alleged international drug trafficking.

The cocaine was hidden in the false bottom of the vehicle. Celso Gamboa, the new Counter Drug Commissioner, told media station ADN that Costa Rica must “keep its guard up,” since the country is a route for drug transit that goes from south to the north of the continent.

Gamboa was appointed to this position after his predecessor Mauricio Boraschi resigned amidst a scandal involving a trip to Peru with President Laura Chinchilla on a plane linked to a Colombian businessman that had been investigated for being connected to drug trafficking in the past.

So far, in 2013 authorities have seized over five tons of cocaine. In 2012, 15.5 tons were seized, compared to the 7.3 tons confiscated in 2011.