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Drug Bust Finds 400 Kilos Of Cocaine On The Hilton Family Ranch In Costa Rica

According to multiple sources, Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Police recently seized 400 kilos of cocaine and $1.5 million in cash from an airstrip in Cañas, a northern region of Costa Rica.

The kicker? The private airstrip on Rancho Horizonte, which had allegedly been under investigation for several months, is owned by none other than the Hilton family. 

Whether or not the Hiltons knew their airstrip was being used to smuggle drugs is unclear, however, three Nicaraguan citizens and one close employee of the family's were among those arrested.

What's more, both Richard and Kathy Hilton — parents to the famed Paris and Nicky — allegedly visit the 6,000-acre compound frequently. At this time, however, the Hilton family is not suspected of any wrongdoing.

The government seized the plane being used to smuggle the drugs after initial investigations revealed a phony identification number on the single-engine Cessna.

It is unclear as of yet to whom the plane belongs although it is believed to have come from Mexico.

Though Rick and Kathy Hilton were allegedly at the compound during the raid, Paris Hilton seems to be legally in the clear: She was hosting a party in Ibiza at the time.

Local police, who will continue to investigate, suspect the airstrip has been a smuggling port for drug rings in Central America for a long time.


H/T: Gawker, Top Photo Credit: WENN, Photos: Diario Extra

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Gillian Fuller graduated from New York University in 2014 and joined the Elite Daily team shortly after as a Staff Writer. She previously worked as a freelance writer for Time Out New York and Racked, mainly covering fashion and beauty.
Gillian Fuller graduated from New York University in 2014 and joined the Elite Daily team shortly after as a Staff Writer. She previously worked as a freelance writer for Time Out New York and Racked, mainly covering fashion and beauty.

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