A father and son were detained after border police found more than $1 million in cash stashed inside their truck’s tires this weekend at Peñas Blancas, according to a Fuerza Pública report. Police said the son is accused of abandoning a vehicle in El Salvador with more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, and said they suspected he was on his way to Guatemala to deliver the drugs before he ditched the car when he saw an inspection checkpoint.
The 57-year-old father was identified by the last names Dávila Ponce and his 29-year-old son by the names Dávila Martínez. Both men are Costa Rican and did not have any previous criminal history, the report said.
When border police searched the truck on Saturday, the son was discovered hiding in the driver’s compartment of the semi-truck while the back trailer was empty. Police discovered $1,116,840 in all divided into more than 100 packets with names on them, presumably to mark to whom the money belonged.
Authorities from the Policía de Control de Drogas said they received a key tip from El Salvadorian police, who said they found the abandoned car full of drugs with a registration belonging to Dávila Ponce.
The pair has been transferred to prosecutors in Libería where they face eight to 20 years in prison if convicted.