Due to the high risk of death in these cases, the suspect was taken to the San Rafael de Alajuela hospital,
where he ejected the capsules containing cocaine that were confirmed by the chemical tests.
 - Ministry of Security photos -















Published Thursday, November 5, 2020


Foreigner hospitalized suspected
of swallowing cocaine capsules




By the A.M. Costa Rica staff 

A Russian citizen man surnamed Kashin was arrested on suspicion of international drug trafficking for having swallowed cocaine capsules.

According to a report from the Alajuela Prosecutor's Office, the man was detained at the Juan SantamarĂ­a International Airport, in Alajuela Province, when he was about to take a flight to Mexico.

The man showed an afraid demeanor, which is an automatic red flag for the officers of the Drug Control Police, who proceed with a routine check. During the man scan test, the presence of capsules inside his stomach was detected.

Due to the high risk of death in these cases, the suspect was taken to the San Rafael de Alajuela hospital, where he ejected the capsules containing cocaine that were confirmed by the chemical tests. The total amount of drug swallowed was not provided by the authorities.

After being released from the hospital, the man was taken to the cells of the Public Ministry where he will be interrogated by the judicial agents and after that, he must wait until a judge orders the pre-trial measures against him for the accusation of trafficking international drugs.



A similar case happened in May, when the Bribri Criminal Court convicted a foreigner, of an Italian citizen, surnamed Levice, sentenced to 12 years in prison after finding him guilty of the crime of international drug trafficking.

Levice was linked to another suspect, also an Italian citizen surnamed Righini, who was convicted of attempting to traffic 70 capsules of cocaine. He was arrested at the Juan SantamarĂ­a international airport

In Levice's case, he was found guilty of staying at his home in Puerto Viejo in Limon Province with Righini in May 2018.

In February 2019, agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization raided Levice's house where latex balloons, paper, and other utensils were found that are presumed to be used for the production of cocaine capsules. Also, the police seized 2.1 grams of hashish, two marijuana plants between 30 and 60 centimeters tall, and about $5,397 in cash.

The judicial agents ask for people to report any suspicion of drug sales, transportation or money laundering, to the confidential line 800-800-0645, where there are bilingual agents who can answer calls in English or Spanish.



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