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The woman was taken to the cells of the Public Prosecutor's Office
- Ministry of Security photo -

Published Thursday, May 6, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Officers from the Airport Police of the Air Surveillance Service arrested a Costa Rican woman, surnamed Batista-Quirós, 24, on Wednesday as a suspect of drug trafficking.

According to the police report, the case began when in a routine patrol operation, near the Juan Santamaría International Airport, in Alajuela Province, the officers asked the woman to pull over her car, for proceeding with a routine driver document review.

The officers realized the woman was carrying her purse and a small carry-on briefcase, known as a Necessaire bag, which is used to store personal hygiene and makeup items.

The officers discovered that the woman had a criminal record for possession of drugs, so when they requested her to show the contents of her purse and her carry-on briefcase, several zip bags were found containing products allegedly made with marijuana.

In a more precise count, police found:

» 119 marijuana pipes.

» 99.5 grams of marijuana in gummies.

» 41.6 grams of marijuana in chocolate.

» 35.1 grams of THC capsules.

» two grams crystal drug.

» 100 grams of marijuana wax.

» two grams of marijuana bud.

» 89 milliliters of liquid marijuana.

In addition to drugs, officers seized $981 in cash and the equivalent of $35 in local currency to the suspect, according to Alonso Castillo, chief of the Airport Police. Drugs and money were seized as part of the evidence in the case against the suspect.

The woman was taken to the cells of the Public Prosecutor's Office where she was interrogated by the judicial agents and after that, she must wait until a judge orders the pre-trial measures against her accused by the authorities of alleged drug trafficking.

A similar situation happened in February, but in this case, the suspect was a tourist detained inside the Daniel Oduber International Airport, in Guanacaste Province.

In that case, during a routine search at the checkpoint, a tourist man of Peruvian nationality was arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking.

According to the police report, the man arrived in the country on a flight from the United States, when at a checkpoint a K-9 canine agent detected the drug that was in the pockets of the man's clothes.

In a more detailed inspection, the police found 170 grams of marijuana, 21 capsules of marijuana oil, two pipes used to smoke marijuana and a syringe.

The suspect was arrested, the drugs were seized as part of the evidence in the case. Police did not provide the suspect's name.

The man was taken to the cells of the Public Ministry in Liberia Canton where a judge ordered pre-trial measures against him accused of drug trafficking.

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

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