Officials say containers of pulp hid shipments of cocaine

A transport business designed to be carrying containers of pineapple pulp is now accused of hauling 1,117 kilograms of cocaine since last July. Wednesday, more than a dozen raids from anti-drug police led to the arrest of eight suspects, involved in the smuggling operation that took loads of drugs all over Central America.

Through the business called Teja Transportes Internacionales de Costa Rica S.A., three Mexican men are thought to have been exporting drugs from the country since their arrival in July, according to Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública officials. The three men were supposedly brought in to make the company seem like a legitimate and inconspicuous brand by covering it up with direct participation from additional companies they had created.

The most recent bust came on March 4 when border police found more than 550 kilograms of cocaine when making a routine inspection at the Peñas Blancas border post heading into Nicaragua.

The raids occurred throughout the Central Valley and Central Pacific regions. Of the notable detainees were men with the last names of Barrantes Corrales, Barrantes Valdez, Zamora Corrales, and Barrantes Carlos.

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