Drug smugglers risk their lives or possible years of imprisonment for significant financial gain. The same is true for smugglers of cigarettes or alcohol. But yuca?
Nevertheless, two men have been detained for trying to bring 1,200 kilos of yuca into the country from Panamá, according to the Fuerza Pública.
Yuca, also known as cassava, is a starchy plant product familiar to most Costa Ricans. The culinary possibilities are many, from fried yuca to enyucadasheavy with meat and cheese.
As far as price, yuca ranks down there with potatoes.
So a load of 1,200 kilos of yuca would seem not to be the choice of smugglers.
The Feurza Pública said that the cargo of 171 sacks lacked agricultural and customs approvals, so it was confiscated for destruction.