Costa Rican Authorities Seize 595 Kilos of Cocaine
By Dialogo March 27, 2012
The Costa Rican police seized a shipment of 595 kilos of cocaine at Peñas Blancas, a border crossing with Nicaragua, bringing the amount of drugs seized during the last week to almost 900 kilos, the Ministry of Public Safety announced on March 25.
The cocaine was discovered on the night of March 24 in a vehicle with Guatemalan registration that was waiting to cross the border, an official statement indicated.
Upon searching the vehicle, which was carrying a load of bags of cement, “the officers detected an irregularity in the floor of the cargo area, reason for which they proceeded to conduct an exhaustive search,” the report indicated.
The Drug Control Police (PCD) determined that 595 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride, “which were immediately seized,” were hidden under the false bottom.
The vehicle’s driver, who was arrested, is a 37-year-old Guatemalan citizen identified with the surnames Ordóñez Castellón.
On March 21, Costa Rican authorities seized another shipment of 290 kilos of cocaine that was being transported in a small truck, hidden inside the lining of the roof.
The two seizures add up to a total of 885 kilograms.