Costa Rica Seizes Dead Mexican Drug Runner’s Plane

The Fiscal Control Police (PCF) aka “the taxman”, from the Ministry of Finance seized a small plane that was the property of a Mexican who was murdered and his body was found in a property in The Lakes of San Francisco de Heredia, on August 12, 2011.

The act of taking possession of the aircraft took place, on May 8 and was executed jointly with the PCF and the Costa Rican Drug Institute (ICD).

Luis Alonso Bonilla, director of the PCF, said the measure was adopted after the Narcotics Prosecutor determined that the plane is related to an organization dedicated to drug trafficking.

Mauritius Boraschi, national drug commissioner, said that, while the aircraft becomes part of the state it will be in custody by the Air Surveillance Service of the Ministry of Public Security.

The measure removed the TI-BDR registration which had provisionally been awarded permission for flight by the Civil Aviation Authority to operate the aircraft. But it will assign the registration MSP-018.

The TI-BDR plane is a single-engine Cessna Turbo Skylane RG model 182, which entered the country on August 23, 2009, with the XE-XLU registration. It has the capacity to carry four people and it originally came from Sinaloa, Mexico and has not made flights in the country.

The owner of the plane was a Mexican named Bojorquez who transfered it to the company Aeropacífico S. on August 10, 2010, and it was manufactured by Mexican German Aispuro Lugo.

On August 12, 2011, Civil Aviation was given the provisional registration TI-BDR which was never used because it does not meet the requirement of nationalization in Costa Rica –  the Minister of Finance confirmed.

After the death of the Mexican no one came to claim the property of the aircraft, which remained in a hangar at the Tobias Bolaños Airport in Pavas.

On 9 March, and as part of the seizure of the aircraft, Civil Aviation canceled the registration TI-BDR which had been awarded to Aero Pacific, which was removed from the Public Registry of property.

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