July 30th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Under tight security and in complete secrecy, the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) transported nearly 24 tons of cocaine to the Liberia airport, which was loaded onto a U.S. Air Force plane to be transported to Miami, Florida for destruction. The cocaine had been seized over the course of the last two years during anti-drug operations in the country.
According to information from the OIJ press office, the drugs were transported from San José in two containers in what the OIJ describes as a rare operation. Apparently, Costa Rica does not currently have the capability to destroy large amounts of the drug.
The Costa Rica consulate in Miami will continue the chain of custody of the drugs until their destruction, according to OIJ officials.
The U.S. Air Force aircraft that picked up the drugs received legislative permission to enter the country, according to officials.