Agents believe 19,000 ecstasy tablets were for local use

These are some of the confiscated tablets. Photo: Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública

An agricultural inspector at Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia came upon more than 19,000 ecstasy tablets during a routine inspection, said law enforcement officials.

The discovery resulted in the detention of a 52-year-old Israeli tourist named Avi Revach.

Officials said that the inspector for the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería at first thought the four black plastic bags in the luggage might contain seeds, which are subject to inspection.

The tourist had arrived from Belgium on a Jet Air Fly aircraft. The man had not been in Costa Rica previously but had visited Colombia, said agents from the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública. They said the tablets were for the local market.

This is the type of drug that youngsters use at dance clubs and rock concerts because it generates a short-term euphoric feeling. The tablets sell in the underground market for up to 10,000 colons each. That’s nearly $20.

Revach was ordered held for six months pre-trial detention, the ministry reported. In another drug incident over the weekend, agents said that a Guatemalan trucker had 45 packages of cocaine in one of the fuel tanks of his rig. The man who has the last names of Alvarado Acevedo was traveling from San José to Nicaragua, said agents. He was detained at the Peñas Blancas border post.

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