Costa Rica seizes 4.3 tonnes of Colombian cocaine, 2nd-biggest bust in its history

SAN JOSE, July 19 — Costa Rican police on Sunday seized 4.3 tonnes of cocaine originating in Colombia, the Central American nation’s second-largest drug bust ever and the biggest this year, local authorities said on Sunday.

Major cocaine busts in recent years have stoked fears that Costa Rica has become an important transit country for Colombian drugs heading toward Europe, worrying officials in one of Central America’s most stable nations.

The shipment of cocaine was transported in a container loaded with ceramic floor tiling aboard a commercial ship that arrived at the Costa Rican port of Moin from Colombia’s Caribbean port of Turbo, Costa Rica’s Security Ministry said.

“We’re very close to 40 tonnes of marijuana and cocaine seizures in the country (so far in 2021). We hope to surpass last year’s numbers,” Security Minister Michael Soto said in a statement.

Costa Rican authorities seized nearly 57 tonnes of cocaine in 2020, up 56 per cent from a year earlier, according to the Security Ministry. They seized 14.5 tonnes of marijuana last year. — Reuters

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