Costa Rica. Record seizure of 5 tonnes of cocaine in a container

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By discovering more than five tonnes of cocaine hidden in a container, the Costa Rican police carried out the largest drug seizure in its history on Saturday.

The drugs were hidden in a shipment of ornamental flowers destined for the Dutch port of Rotterdam. | REUTERS / JUAN CARLOS ULATE


  • The drugs were concealed in a load of ornamental flowers destined for the Dutch port of Rotterdam.
    The drugs were hidden in a shipment of ornamental flowers destined for the Dutch port of Rotterdam. | REUTERS / JUAN CARLOS ULATE

The Costa Rican police carried out the largest drug seizure in its history on Saturday by discovering more than five tonnes of cocaine hidden in a container that was to be loaded Sunday in the port of Limon (Caribbean coast).

The drugs were concealed in a consignment of ornamental flowers destined for the Dutch port of Rotterdam, said Interior Minister Michael Soto Rojas.

The police also arrested a 46-year-old suspect, of Costa Rican nationality.

The suspect container was spotted on Friday and its search proved successful on Saturday: police discovered 202 suitcases there, containing a total of 5,048 packages of approximately one kg of cocaine each.

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