By the A.M. Costa Rica
Anti-drug agents and police frequently find no
one at crime scenes that they raid. They may
find money, drugs and weapons, but those who
were involved in the marketing of cocaine and
marijuana manage to leave just before police
Part of the reason could be criminal
infiltration and corruption of law enforcement.
Judicial police and others in law enforcement
conducted a massive sweep of 17 locations and
detained eight persons early Wednesday. The
sweep here was part of an international
operation that detained 44 who are accused of
transporting cocaine by sea from Colombia and
Among those accused in the case is a member of
the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas. He is
accused of alerting drug traffickers to the
locations of patrol boats so they could avoid
This case follows on the heels of an arrest
Tuesday of a Fuerza Pública supervisor in
Turrialba who is accused of keeping a band of
bandits informed of police movements.
In the past police officers were charged with
serving as escorts for drug trucks and also for
providing inside information to confederates.
Officials worry about gang associates accepting
police jobs so they can inform their criminal
Such leaks are hard to pin down. In addition,
small-scale corruption is epidemic within the
police forces, and a lot of officers are
reluctant to turn in their working partners.
Those detained Wednesday in the major drug case
are accused of bringing their merchandise to the
southern beaches in Playa Zancudo, Pavones,
Puerto Jiménez and Golfito.
de Seguridad Pública photo
These two suspects are in custody and on
the way to a lockup.
The investigation began in 2014, said
officials. The U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration was involved.
The traffickers used Costa Rican-flagged fishing
boats to move the drugs as far north as
As part of the sweep Wednesday, judicial
investigators said they worked with the Policía
de Control de Drogas of the Ministerio de
Seguridad Pública on a parallel case involving
Four of the suspects in the trafficking case
also owned a number of properties, vehicles and
One of the raids Wednesday was at a hotel in
Golfito. Agents said that fincas, ice cream
shops, vehicle sales agencies and other
businesses were involved. Most were held under
the names of nine corporations.