SAN JOSE – Costa Rican antidrug authorities on Monday seized 1,276 kilos (2,810 lbs.) of cocaine from a speedboat in the Caribbean, the OIJ investigative bureau said.
The drug was found when after a chase the speedboat ran aground at Playa Negra, Cahuita, a municipality in Limon province, the OIJ said in a statement.
The occupants of the launch “ran away, leaving behind 45 packets...which contained approximately 1,276 kilos (2,810 lbs.) of the drug,” according to the statement.
On the boat officials also found identity documents, apparently belonging to some of the suspects, but their names and nationalities were not revealed.
Authorities have undertaken an operation to find the suspects.
With this confiscation, at least 16 tons of cocaine have been seized in Costa Rica in 2013.
Confiscated in 2012 in the Central American country were a total of 15.5 tons of cocaine, more than twice the 7.3 tons seized in 2011.