Hijacking plagues exporters and importers

Hijackings are a continual problem for merchants, farmers and manufacturers.

The latest is that of a container of new tires being sent to Panamá. The Judicial Investigating Organization said that three men jumped a driver when he stopped for a break in Jacó. They tied him up and put him in the sleeper compartment.

The tires, manufactured in Alajuela, and the container carrying them were removed from the trailer. The judicial report said the tires had a value of  $78,000.

Prime targets for hijackers are trucks loaded with merchandise coming from the Moín docks. Flat screen televisions have been hijacked several times. Earlier this month, crooks hijacked a load of coffee headed for export.

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