During the impromptu search of identification documents and luggage of the passengers, the police detected unusual content
in the luggage of the Dutch citizen. - Ministry of Security photo -
Published on Monday, July 19, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Police officers from the Pococí station in Limón Province, arrested a Dutch citizen man on suspicion of carrying two kilos of cocaine in his luggage.
According to the police, the case began during a roadblock on Route 32, between the provinces of San José and Limón, as part of surveillance operations in the area near Blanco River in Guápiles Canton.
On Wednesday night, the police stopped a bus driver that was traveling from Limón to San José for a routine inspection. During the impromptu search of identification documents and luggage of the passengers, the police detected unusual content in the luggage of the Dutch citizen.
Following the guidelines in these cases, the police used a K-9 agent trained in drug detection, who made a positive sign of sniffing drugs in the suspect's hand suitcase compartment. Inside there was a red bag containing two packages of cocaine.
The Dutch man, whose name was not provided by the police, was arrested and taken before the Pococí Prosecutor's Office where he is waiting for a judge to order pre-trial measures against him for the accusation of drug trafficking.
In addition, the police seized the two packages of drugs, which weighed approximately one kilogram each, and the cash that the suspect was carrying of approximately $6,000, as parts of the evidence in the case.
The police released a short video of the suspect's arrest that can be seen on the AM Costa Rica YouTube channel.
The seizure of cocaine in Costa Rica by police forces happens almost daily. Recently a C-17 military aircraft of the U.S. government transported almost 40 tons of drugs seized in Costa Rica in seven months to the state of Florida, for its destruction.
Authorities call on the population to report any suspicion of drug sales or 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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