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Jailed tourist suspected of drug trafficking

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Published on Tuesday, September 5, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Ukrainian man surnamed Bohdan, 21, was arrested at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport, in Alajuela Province, on suspicion of international drug trafficking.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, Bohdan entered the country from Madrid, Spain. In a routine inspection, authorities discovered unusual content inside his suitcases.

Following the guidelines for suspected traffic of illegal substances, police proceeded to carry out a more detailed inspection of his luggage.

Drug Control Police officers detected more than eight methamphetamine packages weighing approximately one kilogram each.

The tourist had no previous criminal record in the country. He was arrested and taken before the Alajuela Prosecutor's Office where he is waiting for a judge to order pre-trial measures against him for the accusation of drug trafficking.

Police seized the drugs, his luggage and the cash he was carrying as evidence in the case.

Why do international tourists put themselves at risk of being jailed for trafficking drugs in Costa Rica?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com