Costa Rica seizes 5 tons of cocaine bound for Holland in largest ever drug bustReuters | San José | Updated: 16-02-2020 23:55 IST | Created: 16-02-2020 23:49 IST
The authorities on Saturday found the cocaine in Costa Rica's Caribbean port of Limon, stashed inside a shipping container of decorative canopy plants bound for the Netherlands. The anti-narcotics police discovered the drugs in 202 small bags and said the cocaine was produced in South America, though did not specify where.
The drugs had an estimated street value of about 126 million euros ($136 million) in Holland, Costa Rica's Security Minister Michael Soto said late on Saturday. "It's a historic seizure," Soto said in a statement. "It is a blow to the regional criminal structures."
A Costa Rican man, who drove the shipment from north of the country to Limon port, was detained, authorities said. ($1 = 0.9234 euros)
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