Yet another trucker is believed to be smuggling cocaine north

Juan José Andrade Morales, director general of the Fuerza Pública, and Mario Zamora Cordero, security minister, inspect yet another load of drugs flown into Juan Santamaría airport after being confiscated at the Peñas Blancas border crossing where the packages were found hidden in a tractor trailer.

The seizure of drugs at the Peñas Blancas border station is becoming routine.

Yet another tractor trailer carried packages of cocaine, this time inside the tires, said the Policía de Control de Drogas.

The 256 kilos, some 563 pounds, were found Friday in a vehicle registered in El Salvador. That is where the driver was headed, according to the anti-drug police. He was identified only by the last name of Parada. Police said he was 31.

The Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública said that a bit more than four tons of cocaine have been confiscated at the same border crossing so far this year.
Costa Rica is generally recognized as a transit country for cocaine from the south. Although smugglers use water routes as well as submersible vessels, hemisphere drug experts estimated that 80 percent of the cocaine moved at least part of the way on land.

The ministry’s Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea moved the drug packages from Liberia by air. This is routine procedure now after robbers and insiders took about 320 kilos of drugs from the prosecutor’s office in Golfito early March 26, 2009. The packages found Friday were embossed into the cocaine with an impression of an eagle.

Mario Zamora Cordero, the security minister, and Mauricio Borachi, the nation’s anti-drug commissioner, gave a press conference at the airport Sunday after the drugs arrived.

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