September 5th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police (PCD) seized 714 kilos of cocaine yesterday hidden in two trucks attempting to pass the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border. The vehicles were driven by Costa Ricans.
The Ministry of Security said in a statement that the first seizure was 440 kilos of cocaine that were hidden in a double-wall container. The driver was a 32-year-old Costa Rican who intended to cross the border into Nicaragua when the drugs were discovered as part of a routine inspection.
The second shipment of 274 kilos was similarly hidden in a container on a truck driven by a 42-year-old Costa Rican man with a history of murder, according to the Ministry of Security.
Both drivers now face charges of international drug trafficking, punishable by up to 20 years in prison in Costa Rica.
Authorities in Costa Rica have seized 10.5 tons of cocaine so far this year.