ARCHIVE Published Edition, February 13, 2019
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Supreme Court of Justice employee arrested for
suspected of
belong to a drug trafficking gang

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Agents of the Narcotics Section of Judicial Investigation Organization with the collaboration of officers of the Directorate of Intelligence and agents of the Special Intervention Unit, detained an employee of the Supreme Court of Justice in Golfito*. The suspect, surnamed Castillo-Chavarría, age 22, worked as a technician in the Golfito Court, and suspected of belong to an international drug trafficking gang.

The agent’s report stated that Castillo-Chavarría is suspected of providing information to a criminal organization.  

Walter Espinoza, director of the Judicial Investigation Organization, said Castillo-Chavarría “is a judicial officer who had contact and communication with the criminal organization. He provided information on criminal cases in a process in the Court. He was like the presence, the ears and the closeness of the crime organization in the courts of Justice."

In addition to Castillo-Chavarría, police report that they arrested five other men ranging in ages from 21 to 48 years old. All are suspected of being part of an international drug trafficking gang.

The preliminary report states the judicial agents started the investigation in July 2017 after receiving confidential information about an organization dedicated to the international trafficking cocaine transferred by sea from Colombia to ports in Zancudo beach* and Golfito* on the Pacific coast.

After a thorough investigation, members of the Narcotics Section managed to identify the members of the organization. They were arrested on Tuesday in nine simultaneous raids, eight in Golfito and one in Belén in Heredia*.

During the investigation, the judicial agents seized a total of 2,739 kilos of cocaine in three periods. In August 2018 they seized 34 kilos, in November 2018 they seized 1,005 kilos and, in a second November raid, they seized 1,700 kilos. All the seizures were made at sea.

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Castillo-Chavarría “is a judicial officer who had contact and communication with the criminal organization.

Officers also seized two pistols, a revolver, two shotguns and a rifle, more than one million colones in cash ($1,639), seven vehicles, cell phones and ammunition for firearm of 9-millimeter caliber, plus other ammunition.

The suspects were taken to the cells of the Public Prosecutor's office, where they were interviewed by the judicial agents and are waiting for a judge to decide on the pre-trial measures.

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