Canadian faces allegation that surfboard held coke

Anti-drug police released this photo of the surfboard. Photo: Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública

A Canadian tourist was transporting a surfboard loaded with cocaine, according to the Policía de Control de Drogas, which make the arrest Thursday at Juan Santamaría airport in Alajuela.

The man was identified by the last name of Londry. Police said he was heading to Montreal, Canada.

The interior filling of the surfboard was hollowed out to accommodate the drugs, said police, which provided a photo. They said they confiscated nearly four kilos of cocaine.

Surf boards have been used before to smuggle cocaine. Police said they singled out the Canadian because he appeared nervous, but usually such arrests are the result of tips or because the surfboard was x-rayed.

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