Cans of pineapple pulp involved in smuggling

Drug control police have discovered another case of narcotics trafficking through pineapple pulp containers.

The Policía de Control de Drogas detained three men in Limón after they conducted synchronized raids on three separate homes Wednesday. Authorities accuse one man of being in charge of stuffing the containers with drugs, while another was accused of being in charge of hiring drivers and planning their routes to an organization where the containers where reproduced to look like those used in legal exports.

Police linked the men to a drug ring that was broken up last December, when 16 were arrested for transporting cocaine from Colombia to Costa Rica. They had packages that were intended for later shipments to Europe, as well as the supply they had set aside for local markets in Costa Rica.

Last month authorities raided the transport business Tejas Transportes Internacionales after finding more than 500 kilograms of cocaine inside pineapple pulp containers aboard one of its trucks at the Peñas Blancas border crossing to Nicaragua.

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