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On a more detailed review of the cargo, officers found 460 packages of cocaine, each weighing approximately one kilogram.
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Police find cocaine inside a container to be exported to Belgium

Published Thursday, April 29, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
On Wednesday, Drug Control Police officers found several packages of cocaine hidden inside a container that was ready to be shipped to Antwerp, Belgium.

According to the police report, during a routine scanning of the containers at APM Terminals in Moín Port, Limón Province, suspicious content was detected inside one container filled with rubber gaskets and metal parts to be exported.

On a more detailed review of the cargo, officers found 460 packages of cocaine, each weighing approximately one kilogram. The drugs were seized as evidence in the case.

Officers did not arrest anyone suspected of loading the drugs into the container.  The investigations will continue with the support of agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization to find the person responsible for hiding the drug in the container.

A person found guilty of drug trafficking could receive more than 10 years in prison, according to Costa Rican Law.

In a similar recent case, on April 12, a judge of the Criminal Court in Limón Province sentenced a Costa Rican man, surnamed Rodríguez- Méndez, to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of international drug trafficking.

According to the Prosecutor's accusation, on Feb. 14, 2020, Rodríguez entered the APM Terminals port with 202 black briefcases containing cocaine.

In the trial, it was established that Rodríguez introduced the drugs into the truck he was driving, then he hid them among a shipment of ornamental plants that were to be exported to the Netherlands.

When Drug Control Police officers inspected the container, they found the black briefcases containing about 3,900 packages of cocaine weighing approximately one kilo each.

The police managed to locate the truck that transported the container inside the port.

According to data provided by the Ministry of Security, this year 6,869 kilos of cocaine have been found inside containers located in ports.

Agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization call on the population to report any suspicion of drug trafficking to the confidential line 800-8000-645, where there are bilingual agents who can answer calls in English or Spanish.

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