Tuesday 22 June 2021

Smuggling Cash Into The Country Nets Arrests Of 8 In Four Days


(QCOSTARICA) Six people allegedly responsible for introducing into the country, for the purpose of money launderin some US$35,000 dollars, are being held in preventive detention, after a series of arrests between Thursday and Saturday of last week.

In a press release Monday, the Poder Judicial (Judiciary) said the group is composed of two women and four men, all Guatemalan and Colombian nationals.

- Advertisement -

ext2The arrests were made after the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) received a tip that a group of people would be entering the country with approximately US$8,500 (more than ¢4 million colones) in cash. However, authorities believe they arrived with at least US$35,000.

The first arrest was made on Thursday, when two Guatemalans handed an envelope to a Colombian who could not justify the origin of the US$8,500 cash inside. On Friday, three Guatemalans, including two women, were taken into custody.

In what appears to be unrelated to the group of six, at the Juan Sanatamaria (San Jose) airport, on Friday detained a Mexican man for trying to enter the country with US$71,380 in cash hidden in the soles of his shoes and bottles of various products. The detection was made by an x-ray check of the luggage.

And, on Sunday, another Mexican national was detained at the San Jose airport for attempting to smuggle US$154,000 in cash.

- Advertisement -

Photo from the Policía de Control de Drogas (PCD), of the cash found in the double lining of a suitcase being carried by a Mexican man arriving on Sunday at the San Jose airport.

The  ministro de Seguridad Pública, Gustavo Mata, said the money was hidden in the double lining of his luggage.

All are facing charges of “legitimación de capitales” in Spanish, that carries a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.

According to the Policida Control de Drogas, the Costa Rican drug enforcement police, so far this year they have seized US$1,708,889 dollars, most of confiscated at the San Jose airport, the balance at the Paso Canoas (Panama) and Peñas Blancas (Nicaragua) borders.

Sources: Nacion.com, Crhoy.com, Ministerio de Seguridad Publica, Poder Judicial

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Weather, friendly locals, cost of living: expats in Mexico, Costa Rica enjoy same things

EXPAT FOCUS (MND) Of course it was no surprise that readers...

Cynthia Ann Telles named new U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Today, U.S. President Joe Biden announced his nomination of...


The Best Sports To Play On A Beach

Costa Rica has some of the best beaches in the world. The coastline is blessed with golden sand, beautiful palm trees, and perfect blue...

“Caso Cochinilla”: Name arose when comparing parasite with hidden corruption

QCOSTARICA - On Monday, the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) moved to the raid, seize and arrest of their investigation into corruption of public...

Despite investigation, construction of road works by H. Solís will continue

QCOSTARICA - Five major road works under the responsibility of the H. Solís company will continue in development despite investigations for alleged corruption involving...

Lack of space on Racsa’s hard drive paralyzed immigration consultation at the airport this Monday

RICO's DIGEST - We've all had this happen, your computer's hard drive is full and your computer crashes. But we are not the Radiográfica...

Nathalie Álvarez Mesén’s feature debut, Clara Sola, ready for the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight

Q ENTERTAINMENT (CINEUROPA) Nathalie Álvarez Mesén’s debut feature, Clara Sola, is ready to take part in this year’s Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film...

First five months of the year reflect recovery of Costa Rican exports

QCOSTARICA - The value of Costa Rica exports increased by 23% in the first five months of the year, being the highest growth in...

Internet speed decreases during peaks in service

QCOSTARICA - Ever wonder why your surfing on the Internet slows down, to even a crawl, mainly in the evenings? This is due to...

The United States will distribute 55 million vaccines against Covid-19 in Latin America, Africa and Asia

QCOSTARICA - The United States presented on Monday a plan to share 55 million doses of coronavirus vaccines worldwide, with approximately 75% of the...

Treasury threatens to close doors to Sinpe Móvil to avoid tax evasion

QCOSTARICA - What had been a good tool as a payment mechanism for sellers and businesses, the Ministry of Finance (Treasury) has in its...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.