Costa Rica: Two people arrested for trafficking drugs in pineapples

According to the Public Prosecutor's Office, a merchant took advantage of a contact he had at a pineapple exporter to camouflage drugs in their shipments without their knowledge.

The Prosecutor spoke about this case after having carried out two raids with the Drug Control Police (PCD) in Venicia de San Carlos, Alajuela.

In the proceedings, the authorities managed to arrest this 36-year-old man and his collaborator, who is 37, as well as confiscate evidence that is now part of the investigation, which started a year ago.

According to the Public Prosecutor's Office, the suspects "were sending cocaine shipments hidden inside pineapples to Spain and Belgium. The drug was being exported in containers of companies that were unaware of the smuggling operation."

The PCD, of the Ministry of Public Security, stated that on November 18, 2017, Spanish authorities had discovered 33 kilograms of cocaine in a shipment of pineapples from the Inversiones Shalom company, owned by the first detainee.

They also said that the subjects captured were cousins ​​and that the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had also collaborated in the investigation.

"Two people linked to an international gang that smuggled drugs to other countries in pineapple shipments were arrested," said Luis Carlos Castillo, the Minister of Public Security.


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