Ukrainian Tourist Arrested in Costa Rica: Authorities Seize 8kg of Meth in Bust!

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By LatAm Reports Editor

Authorities at Juan Santamaría Airport in Costa Rica uncovered a covert drug smuggling attempt, seizing a significant amount of illicit drugs. A 24-year-old Ukrainian tourist, Novytskyi, concealed eight kilograms of methamphetamines in his luggage, prompting a dramatic intervention.

Law enforcement officers from various units, relying on sharp observation and teamwork, spotted the Ukrainian who had traveled from Madrid, Spain. The Airport Police grew suspicious during a regular baggage check, leading to a thorough search with the help of the Air Surveillance Service’s canine unit.

Novytskyi had used carbon paper to cunningly hide the drugs, aiming to bypass security measures. Together, the Drug Control Police (PCD) and the Prosecutor’s Office discovered the narcotics—carefully packaged in three parcels wrapped in carbon paper and plastic.

The operation resulted in the seizure of 8,265 grams of methamphetamines and $200, and authorities detained Novytskyi, bringing him under the Public Ministry’s jurisdiction. As the investigation continues, the Ministry of Public Security remains committed to uncovering more about this covert operation. PCD agents are further investigating potential connections to larger networks involved in this significant drug bust.

Methamphetamines, often known by names like “meth,” “crystal,” and “ice,” produce feelings of euphoria and increased energy. But they come with severe health risks, including increased heart rates, cardiovascular strain, heart complications, loss of appetite, weight loss, and malnutrition.

One of the notable side effects of methamphetamine use is “meth mouth”, a severe dental condition characterized by tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. This results from the drug’s acidic nature, reduced saliva production, and neglect of dental hygiene.