In addition to drugs, several boxes with packages of cash were hidden in the house.
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Published Monday, October 19, 2020

Police seize 1.9 tons of cocaine and
$1.9 million-plus in cash hidden at
foreigners' home

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Responding to an alert call, police officers found approximately $1,939,437 in cash and 1.9 tons of cocaine hidden inside a home belonging to a foreign-born person.

According to the police report, the case began on Friday night when the police were notified of an attempted robbery located in Escazu Canton, San José Province. It was the house where two Colombian immigrants and a Costa Rican woman lived.

The house is located inside a condominium in the district of San Rafael in EscazĂș, where they were alerted about some "suspicious" men arriving in various vehicles and were trying to enter the house.

The police officers responded to the call and upon arrival they found the two Colombian men with a Costa Rican woman living in the house. When officers searched outside the house, they suspected that there might be drugs inside the house.

As part of the guideline for suspected drugs, the police coordinated a search of the property with specialists from the Drug Control Police.

During the search of the house, the police found boxes of cash and drugs hidden in unusual compartments.

The police proceeded with the arrest of the two men identified with the surnames of Campo- Oyaga, 54, Luna-Cadena, 25, and the woman surnamed Vanegas-Sandoval, 22.

The suspects were taken to the cells of the Public Ministry where they were interrogated by the judicial agents and after that, they must wait until a judge orders the pre-trial measures against them for charges of money laundering and drug trafficking.

During the search of the house, the officers determined that it was 1,986 packages with cocaine weighing approximately one kilogram each.

In addition to drugs, several boxes with packages of cash were hidden in the house. The police reported that it was $390,457 in colones plus $1,548,980, for a total of $1,939,347 in cash.

The police seized the drug, the money as well as a vehicle and a motorcycle, as part of the evidence for the case.

The judicial agents call on the population to report any suspicion of drug sales or money laundry to the confidential line 800-8000-645, where there are bilingual agents who can answer calls in English or Spanish.

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