SAN JOSE – Costa Rican police on Tuesday seized 1,091 kilos (2,403 pounds) of cocaine found in a house on the country’s Pacific coast and arrested 12 people.
The seizure was made at a house in Playa Bejuco, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) west of San Jose, the director of the Judicial Investigation Department, Jorge Rojas, said at a press conference.
The cocaine was brought to the spot in a speedboat that the suspects abandoned on the beach after unloading the drug, which was taken to the house in several vehicles, he said.
Authorities captured 12 people, among them five Colombians, whose identities were not made public.
The suspects are facing drug trafficking charges, a crime that in Costa Rica may be punished with up to 20 years in prison.
In addition to the drug, authorities seized four vehicles, eight cellphones, four GPS devices and six two-way radios.
Police said the drug was going to be stored in the house for several days before being shipped by land to Guatemala or Mexico.
Authorities took the drug shipment to San Jose via air.
This is the largest seizure of drugs so far during the administration of President Laura Chinchilla, who took office on May 8.
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