The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The authorities in Costa Rica today arrested a Guatemalan father and son who piloted a plane laden with at least half a ton of cocaine, officials said.
The national anti-drug commissioner and Deputy Security Minister, Celso Gamboa, said in a press conference that the plane landed in the early hours of Monday at a small airport in the province of Limon in the Caribbean.
Apparently the aircraft struggled for lack of fuel, forcing the crew to land in Limon, where following a review, the authorities discovered a shipment of cocaine from of least 500 kilos.
The two arrested have been identified as Guatemalan José Luis Cruz and his son Edgar Cruz, whose ages were not disclosed.
The two men face charges of international drug trafficking, a crime in Costa Rica is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Authorities continue research the origin and destination of the drugs carried in the aircraft.
Gamboa congratulated the coordinated actions of the police in this case, and said the aircraft will immediately become the property of the Ministry of Security for use in anti-drug efforts. (EFE)
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