Anti-drug agents at airport find coke in shampoo bottles

Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Segruidad Pública photo Shampoo bottles with coke are weighed.

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.

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