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Three Mexican nationals arrested transporting 785 kilos of cocaine in Costa Rica

November 20, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Three Mexican nationals arrested transporting 785 kilos of cocaine in Costa Rica

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Authorities in Costa Rica arrested three Mexican nationals who were busted transporting 785 kilos of cocaine in two vehicles.

In a Twitter post, the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security said police made the arrests on Sunday in the northwestern part of the country.

Officials said the suspects were traveling in separate two vehicles when they were intercepted by police in the vicinity of the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport.

When the suspected drug traffickers realized the presence of law enforcement, they attempted to flee the area.

Authorities located one of the cars abandoned in the North Pacific Coast city of Playa Hermosa and apprehended two men as they tried to flee through the mountainous area.

Authorities intercepted the second vehicle driven by a third man in the Barrio Guardia area.

Agents discovered the bricks of cocaine totaling 785 kilos in both two vehicles.

Officials confirmed that all three men are Mexican nationals who entered the country in the last month.

The suspects remain in the custody of the Costa Rican National Police on drug trafficking and possession charges.

Mexican drug cartels and international drug traffickers have increasingly used the Central American country as a transport major hub for the smuggling of cocaine from South America destined for the U.S. market.

Last week, police seized 250 kilograms of cocaine hidden in two containers that arrived at Moín port in Limón and another 213 kilos of the drug was intercepted at a roadside checkpoint in the island nation’s second-largest city of Alajuela.

So far this year, Costa Rican authorities have seized over 24 tons of cocaine.

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