One of the suspects is the wife of a man surnamed Vargas-Angulo, who in 2019 was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Court of
Justice of the U.S. State of Georgia. He was found guilty of trafficking cocaine from Colombia. - Judicial Investigation Organization photo -
Jailed suspects linked to a Tico sentenced in the U.S.
Published Tuesday, April 20, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization arrested three people on Monday as suspects of drug trafficking and being linked to a Costa Rican sentenced for drug trafficking in the United States.
According to the Prosecutor's Office, five raids were ordered at the houses of the suspects located in San Carlos Canton, Heredia Province and Guadalupe Canton.
As a result of the raids, three suspects of money laundering from international drug trafficking were arrested, a woman named Gonzalez Blanco, 39; two men named Herrera- Herrer, 41, and Rodríguez- Castillo, 42.
The woman is the wife of a man surnamed Vargas-Angulo, who in 2019 was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Court of Justice of the U.S. State of Georgia. He was found guilty of trafficking cocaine from Colombia.
"The three suspects would have earned the profits of this illicit business, to buy large quantities of cattle, as well as goods and properties," the Prosecutor said in their statement.
Additional raids were held on two properties located in San Carlos Canton, in the northern zone of the country, where the agents found cattle that were seized and transferred to the Institute on Drugs.
According to the judicial agents, there were 233 cattle on the properties, allegedly bought with the profits of drug trafficking.
Agents also seized 14 horses, two cars (one of them with a hidden double compartment), a firearm and ammunition, the agents reported.
The case started in 2019 when Vargas Angulo was arrested in Panama for trafficking drugs from Colombia. He was then extradited to the United States where he currently continues to serve time in jail.
As a result of the Vargas Angulo case, the agents investigated his ties in Costa Rica, managing to locate the three suspects arrested on Monday.
The three suspects were taken to the cells of the Public Ministry where they were interrogated by the judicial agents and after that, they must wait until a judge orders the pre-trial measures against them.
The judicial agents call on the population to report any suspicion of drug sales to the confidential line 800-8000-645, where there are bilingual agents who can answer calls in English or Spanish.
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