The lawyer supplied the products and plants to third parties, whom he contacted through
their social networks or his phone. - Judicial Investigation Organization photo -

Published Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Lawyer gets 8 years in prison
for selling CBD products

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Alajuela Prosecutor's Office reported that a Costa Rican man surnamed Cerdas-Salazar, who is a lawyer, was found guilty of committing the crime of growing drugs, substances or products without legal authorization. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

The judge of the Criminal Court also ordered the confiscation in favor of the State of the weapons seized during the detention of Cerdas.

According to the case, between September 2018 and August 2019, Cerdas installed a greenhouse in his home, in Alajuela Province, which was used for growing marijuana.

Lights, fans, and an irrigation system had been installed in the laboratory to facilitate the growth of marijuana plants.

Cerdas stored and processed the illicit plant, obtaining tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, which is an active substance in marijuana. Later, the defendant made oils, butter and brownies with that component.

During the trial, it was proven that Cerdas supplied the products and plants to third parties, whom he contacted through their social networks or his phone.

The lawyer was detained in Aug. 2019, during a raid in his home office and brother's house where plants, tools, guns and other appliances were seized for evidence.

Agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization found 12 marijuana plants, eight kilos of marijuana buds, two kilos of marijuana seeds, leaves and stems of the plant. They also found lamps, fans, electrical and irrigation equipment that was allegedly used for drug cultivation. Agents also found an oven and a kitchen allegedly used for the transformation of marijuana. Agents also seized four firearms found during the raids.

The investigation has determined that the suspect was selective about who he allowed in his house. Allegedly only highly trustworthy people entered his home.

The judicial agents call on the population to report any suspicion of drug sales, transportation or money laundering, to the confidential line 800-8000-645, where there are bilingual agents who can answer calls in English or Spanish.

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