Costa Rican police on Saturday made the largest drug seizure in the country’s history after discovering more than five tonnes of cocaine hidden in a container due to be shipped to the Netherlands.
The drugs were concealed in a consignment of ornamental flowers at the port of Limon which was destined for Rotterdam, Interior Minister Michael Soto Rojas said.
Police also arrested a 46-year-old Costa Rican suspect.
The suspicious container was spotted on Friday and a search the following day uncovered 202 suitcases containing a total of 5 048 packages of cocaine weighing around one kilogram each.
Central America is one of the main routes for drugs headed from South America to the United States and Europe.