By Dialogo July 07, 2010 The Nicaraguan police seized $220,000 dollars in cash on a bus in the department of Chinandega (in northwestern Nicaragua), the local press reported Monday. The authorities found the money in three boxes that were being transported in a bag and a backpack on a bus on the route between Palo Grande and Somotillo, on the border with Honduras, the Chinandega police chief, Douglas Pichardo, declared. The seizure took place Sunday, and the bus was traveling without plates, according to the police report. None of the forty passengers on board was detained. Separately, in the municipality of El Viejo, 140 km northwest of Managua, the authorities found a small plane that had landed along the Pacific coast, in the area known as Los Clavos, the police chief indicated. The plane was abandoned, and no documents were found in its interior, which contained only the pilot’s seat; tests for drug residue were performed, Pichardo specified. “We are investigating whether there are links” between the plane and the 220,000 dollars, he noted.