Preventative detention sought for bus drivers with $606,000

This is one of the bags agents found. Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública photo

Prosecutors in Ciudad Neily will seek six months preventative detention in a court hearing this morning for two TicaBús drivers who face money laundering allegations.

The Policía de Control de Drogas and the Fuerza Pública stopped the Panamá-bound bus Monday near the border and said they found two bags containing about $600,000 hidden in a small compartment. The Poder Judicial said Tuesday that the amount was $606,000.

The Poder Judicial identified the drivers Tuesday by the last names of Arce Meneses and Blanco Montenegro. Agents said that they are assuming that the money represents the proceed of a narcotrafficking operation.

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