On Sunday, police in Costa Rica seized 4.3 tons of cocaine originating in Colombia, the nation’s second-largest ever drug bust and its biggest to date.
Costa Rican officials are concerned after major cocaine busts in more recent years, as they believe the country is becoming an important transit country for Colombian drugs heading to Europe.
According to Costa Rica’s Security Ministry, the shipment of cocaine was transported aboard a container containing ceramic floor tiles from Colombia’s Caribbean port of Turbo to Costa Rica’s port of Moin.
The country has already seized over 40 tons of marijuana and cocaine this year (so far), according to Security Minister Michael Soto.
Approximately 57 tons of cocaine was seized in Costa Rica in 2020, up 56% from just one year before, according to the Security Ministry. Last year, they seized 14.5 tons of marijuana.