Police find ton of cocaine buried on beach

2012-01-07 22:00

San Jose - Costa Rican police following an anonymous tip-off made a startling discovery on a Pacific coast beach, where they dug up a ton of cocaine buried in the sand, authorities said.

The stash of drugs stuffed into plastic bags was found on Friday on a remote stretch of beach near the town of Parrita, west of the capital San Jose, Deputy Minister of Security Celso Gamboa said on Saturday.

"This drug seizure was not part of an ongoing investigation, so we need to determine the origin and likely destination" of the cocaine, said Francisco Segura, director of the Judicial Investigation Organisation.

The discovery came a day after Costa Rican authorities seized another 360kg of cocaine that was being transported in a truck full of scrap metal near the border with Nicaragua.

US officials say hundreds of tons of cocaine arrive each year in the United States from Central America, a major transit route from South America, where cocaine is produced.

  • Duncan - 2012-01-07 23:13

    Hundreds of tons of cocaine are exported annually from the same place - simple mathematics indicates that 1 ton is less than a day's work and my day's work is not newsworthy so why does this warrant newsworthiness?

      Donovan - 2012-01-08 03:25

      You clicked, you read, you commented. How about you explain it for us Duncan ;-). There is a point there though: this stuff is actually dirt cheap and super-abundant. It's the up-the-arsage or in-the-coiffeurage that makes it expensive.

      Vanetia Helen Mentor - 2012-01-08 07:26

      Its one ton less out there!

      spookhuis - 2012-01-08 07:57

      Duncan, Duncan, Duncan, What would you consider "newsworthy" please do tell.......

      acsteyn - 2012-01-08 10:37

      So why you read it Duncan?

      joeballito - 2012-01-08 12:56

      Duncan is a troll.

  • theO rAcLe - 2012-01-08 00:35

    1 Ton Wow, i'll take 1kg......only joking Mom.

  • Lara - 2012-01-08 07:29

    Gives new meaning to 'high tide'.

      Anthony - 2012-01-08 08:21

      very funny !!!

  • Andile Oscar Mtshiselwa - 2012-01-08 08:35

    I wont be surprised to hear that,they produce this poison and use poor South Africans to transport so as for SA citizens to look bad

      Carlos - 2012-01-08 09:42

      They DONT USE poor South Africans to transport it, Andile. Poor South Africans MAKE THEMSELVES AVAILABLE to be used, for as little as R16.000! Because they are POOR! As far as looking bad, we South Africans do not need South American drugs for that. We have other stuff that makes us look bad, like the BMW brigade feasting in Bloemfontein while 90% of the population struggle to put food on the table...

      pd.brecher - 2012-01-08 15:14

      I agree with Carlos.Please stop painting people that mule drugs for money as victims. They are criminals, as much as the drug producer.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-08 10:23

    Give me the GPS for that beach!!

  • Gail - 2012-01-08 10:24

    Wow! To not understand the newsworthyness of a ton of cocaine being found before it reaches the market where people buy and sell to young people whose lives are ruined not to mention their families and others who get caught up in petty crimes as a result of addiction means you must have as many braincells as an amoeba.

  • Janice - 2012-01-08 10:28

    I would like stats on how many people have never used drugs.

  • acsteyn - 2012-01-08 10:35

    Wow, must be left over from New Year's Eve. Some dealer is probably very pissed off. He fogot where he had buried it. Too many mojitas.

  • John - 2012-01-08 11:22

    I would expect this to tie up with the previous reports - and photos - of drug submarines in South America. And also of boats carrying drugs. One of those could have been overloaded, and they decided to stash a ton away. Later they got accused of stealing from the drug lords. Fearing a trap the drug lords reported it to the police. They find it, the crew is cleared, instead of shot. For the drug barons, it is more important to trust a crew than to loose a ton. They have MANY tons.

  • Farta - 2012-01-08 11:25

    There goes our beach party...

  • Dan - 2012-01-08 13:13

    legalise cocaine and other drugs --- if a consenting adult want to kill him self it should be his human right to do so . Legalising it would cut crime by 80% and it is also a very effectife method of population control ( just like taxis in south africa )

      pd.brecher - 2012-01-08 15:22

      Hi Dan please give an example of a Country where Cocaine has been legalized and where the crime rate subsequently dropped by 80%

      Howard - 2012-01-08 17:18

      Pure logic dictates that if you legalise things that are illegal, crime will drop because it is no longer illegal. So, by your logic Dan, the solution to South Africa's crime statistics problem would be to legalise everything that is a crime, so we can live in a crime free society. And by the way, drugs that are currently illegal kill way more than just their users. Just look at the 50 decapitated organised crime individuals found in Mexico recently and those who die in vehicle crashes when high drivers crash into them.

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