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Tourist suspected of drug trafficking arrested in Costa Rica airport

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Published on Thursday, May 30, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Brazilian male tourist surnamed Campos (59) was arrested at Alajuela Province's Juan Santamarķa International Airport (SJO) on suspicion of international drug trafficking.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, Campos arrived from Lima, Peru and was ready to catch a flight to the United Arab Emirates.

He was stopped by International Police officers (Interpol) after detecting "odd stuff" within his luggage during a routine examination.

Following protocol for suspected illegal drug trafficking, officers conducted a more thorough search of his bags.

Authorities from the Drug Control Unit discovered two cocaine packages weighing approximately one kilogram each.

The tourist has no prior criminal history in this country. He was arrested and taken to the Alajuela Prosecutor's Office, where he is awaiting a judge to approve pre-trial procedures against him on drug trafficking charges.

Police confiscated the drug, his suitcase and the cash he was carrying as evidence in the case.

Authorities call for people to report any suspicion of drug sales or trafficking to the ten-digit confidential line 800-8000-645 or fast line 11-76, where bilingual agents can answer calls in English or Spanish.

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