A trucker tried to smuggle into the country 100 cases of soft drink and 35,000 oranges hidden under legitimate cargo.
The oranges are a threat to the Costa Rica citrus industry, so agricultural ministry workers were quick to destroy the product. Citrus trees can be harmed by a bacteria that is carried by the Asian citrus psyllid. The ailment is called yellow dragon disease. There are other types of diseases that can be serious for the citrus crops. That is why there are close inspections of produce brought into the country legally.
Fuerza Pública officers stopped the truck at a checkpoint not far from the Panamá border. The illegal contents are believed to have come from that country.