Checkpoint near border pays off

Checkpoints south of the Nicaraguan border are allowing frontier police to inspect and perhaps confiscate smuggled merchandise.

The security ministry said Monday that an inspection of a truck at San Dimas, La Cruz, turned up 108 pairs of tennis shoes bound for the Central Valley market. Police estimated the confiscation at 2.7 million colons, about $5,100.

Two persons in private vehicles had alcohol confiscated. One driver had 12 liters of rum and 48 cans of Nicaraguan beer. Another motorist had eight liters of whiskey, a liter of Baileys and three bottles of wine.

Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas boat approaches a U.S. patrol vessel to pick up prisoners.

Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas boat approaches a U.S. patrol vessel to pick up prisoners.

Frontier police check out the contraband tennis shoes.

Frontier police check out the contraband tennis shoes.

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