Published Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Smuggled cigarettes and liquor seized
this month, worth $690,000-plus
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
This month, police have seized several smuggled shipments of cigarettes and liquors valued at $692,800, reported the Ministry of Security on Monday.
The South Pacific Coast, near the Panama border has one of the most seizures documented.
Last Saturday the police intercepted a truck transporting cargo hidden of 1,590,000 units of cigarettes, valued at $267,692.
That seizure took place in Ciudad Neily and Corredores in Puntarenas Province, where the police stopped the truck driven by a Costa Rican surnamed Noguera, who was arrested and taken before the Public Ministry.
In another cigarette seizure, reported in the South Inter-American Highway, between the border with Panama and San José, resulted in seizing smuggled cargo valued at $301,364.
In another operation, also in the southern zone of the country near the Panama border, police seized a large cargo of liquor, totaled 1,268 units valued at approximately $47,982.
According to the police, the truck had overturned when the driver tried to flee, who was detained and unharmed by the accident.
Regarding the southern Caribbean coast border, police made another seizure last Thursday, confiscating 5,959 bottles of liquor valued approximately at $75,762. The liquor cargo was transported in three vans. "When divers, realizing the police presence, they escaped leaving their vehicles dumped in the Bribrí de Talamanca area, in Limón Province," the police said.
According to the Border Police, since July, the seizures of smuggled liquor, cigarettes, and other products have been valued at more than $1,000,000.
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