Police uncover $352,000 in cash hidden in bus at Panama border
Border police discovered a cardboard box hidden behind the front dual-wheels of a bus at a customs stop in Corredores, along Costa Rica’s southern border. Inside the box officers found 35 bricks wrapped in black plastic. Peeling back the wrapping, customs police uncovered $352,610 in cash, according to a statement from the Public Security Ministry.
Police arrested the 45-year-old bus driver, identified by the last name Aiza, and another man on board named Ulloa, 47. Both were handed over to the Prosecutor’s Office. Neither had criminal records. In addition to the U.S. dollars, police also found ₡122,000 and Bs20 from Venezuela.
The bus was destined for Panama.
The cash seizure Friday followed another sizable discovery at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport, where police confiscated more than €85,000 from two Dutch women entering the country Wednesday evening.
You may be interested
Ballet Festival 2019 part of Costa Rica’s flourishing dance sceneJacob Spetzler - May 24, 2019
A convergence of international ballet classes, performances and meetings manifests this week in the form of the Costa Rican Festival…
Tico wins gold medal at Para Athletics Grand PrixAlejandro Zúñiga - May 24, 2019
When Sherman Güity lost part of his left leg after a traffic accident in 2017, he pledged to return to…
USNS Comfort mission to stop in Costa Rica this yearAlejandro Zúñiga - May 24, 2019
Costa Rica will receive the USNS Comfort, a United States Navy hospital ship, as part of the vessel's five-month medical…