Drug control agents from the security ministry detained a man this weekend who was suspected of transporting 1417 grams of liquid cocaine hydrochloride in his suitcase through Juan Santamaría airport.
The man was identified by the ministry as a 45-year-old American with the last name Kiathlee.
According to the ministry, Kiathlee’s final destination was Zurich, Switzerland, with a layover in Madrid, Spain. The drugs were hidden in several shampoo bottles in his bag. Police conducted a field test to confirm the narcotic.
The investigation was prompted when the man began acting suspiciously in the airport, anti-drug agents said. In the inspection room, he began sweating, said reports.
Along with the cocaine, agents also seized $340.
Kiathlee was referred to the prosecutors of Alajuela. If convicted of the crime, he could receive a maximum of 20 years in prison.