Costa Rica makes biggest ever cocaine haul

Costa Rica makes biggest ever cocaine haul


Police in Costa Rica have found almost 6 tonnes of cocaine in a shipping container; also leading to the country’s biggest ever drug seizure.

The drugs, which weighed 5,800kg, were discovered on Friday evening in Limón; in a container of flowers due to be sent to Rotterdam, Holland; according to the Costan Rican national newspaper La Nación.

In a press conference on Saturday afternoon, interior minister Michael Soto Rojas confirmed it; and also said it was the largest ever drug seizure in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica makes biggest ever cocaine haul

The interior minister estimated that the haul has a European market value of €126m (£104.6m).

More than 5,000 packets of cocaine were found inside 202 suitcases.

ALSO READ; Cocaine ‘worth £20m’ found in frozen meat at Harwich Port

A 46-year-old Costa Rican man with no previous criminal convictions has been arrested; in connection to the drug haul.

According to the minister, there was a drugs seizure; and it was of almost three tonnes in Costa Rica a decade ago.

Meanwhile, a large haul of cocaine was also discovered in the United Kingdom in late 2019.

A lorry driver was charged with attempting to import Class A drugs after cocaine with a street value of £20m was discovered inside frozen meat.

Border force officers found 200kg of drug packages wrapped in meat in the back of a truck at Harwich Port in Essex, on Monday, November 13, 2019.

The truck had come from Holland and the driver, Robert Tromp from Hillegom in the Netherlands, was arrested.

The haul had a street value of £20m, The National Crime Agency said.

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