How likely is it that police will stop a trucker whose vehicle is carrying more than 300 planks of wood. A good guess would be very likely.
And that is what happened Wednesday in La Cruz, Guanacaste. The truck had 339 planks of what is called here cocobolo. The name in English is rosewood, one of the most desirable species. The Fuerza Pública said that the driver produced a receipt for the wood, but that it was inconsistent.
Police agencies in rural areas are very sensitive about wood cargos because there is so much pilfering from trees on public land.