When a man born in Colombia arrived at Juan Santamaría airport Wednesday, anti-drug police were waiting and gave him and his luggage close scrutiny. They said they found $204,540 in $100, $50 and $20 bills. The money was hidden in a false bottom of a briefcase that is used to carry a laptop.
The man was identified by the Poder Judicial by the last names of Calvo Carmona. He is 60 and carried a British passport. The man was on a flight that left London and traveled first to Madrid, Spain, and then to Costa Rica, said the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública.
Officials naturally suspect that the money was the result of illegal activities, although they have not specified what type. They suggested drugs, arms traffic, human trafficking, kidnapping and auto theft.
Carrying large amounts of money is legal, but travelers have to declare the sums as they enter the country. They may be asked to give an account of where the funds originated.