According to Aeris, the company in charge of managing the airport, when travelers entering or exiting the country, all citizens or tourists must declare all cash
or securities they are carrying if the amount is equal to or greater than $10,000 or the equivalent in another currency.
- Ministry of Security photo -






Published Wednesday, July 7, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Four Mexican nationals were arrested by Drug Control Police officers on suspicion of having concealed $120,000 in cash in their luggage.

According to the police report, the detained suspects were identified as two women surnamed Nieto-Cortés, 31 and 33 years old; a man surnamed Salcedo-Ardura, 34; and a second man surnamed Gómez-Cortés, 34. None of the suspects have reported criminal records in Costa Rica.

They arrived in Costa Rica from Mexico on Monday through the Juan Santamaría International Airport in Alajuela Province. During a routine inspection at the airport checkpoints, an unusual content was detected in their luggage, police said. This lead officers to conduct a more detailed inspection where they discovered several black packages containing several bills. Police seized a total of $120,000 in cash that was allegedly hidden inside suitcases and not reported to authorities.

A video of the inspection was released by the police and can be seen on the A.M. Costa Rica YouTube channel.

According to Aeris, the company in charge of managing the airport, when travelers entering or exiting the country, all citizens or tourists must declare all cash or securities they are carrying if the amount is equal to or greater than $10,000 or the equivalent in another currency.

Authorities recommend for visitors to review the rules for entering or leaving the country on the Aeris website.

A very similar case happened recently when officers arrested a Costa Rican man on suspicion of hiding $153,244 cash in his luggage.

In June, police detained a foreigner suspected of hiding $130,000 in his suitcase.

Also in June, police detained two Mexican nationals on suspicion of hiding more than $48,000 in cash.

The judicial agents call on the population to report any suspicion of trafficking to the confidential line 800-8000-645. Their bilingual agents can answer calls in English or Spanish.


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