Police officer is held as member of drug ring

Anti-drug agents detained a Fuerza Pública officer Monday as they cracked down on a group of suspects in southern Costa Rica. The suspects are accused of being in the business of moving drugs through the country, and the police officer is said to be someone who provided the rest with information like the location of police checkpoints.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said the business was moving cocaine from Paso Canoas to San José. They said they detained six women and two men. Six homes were raided. The case is linked to the discovery Oct. 16 of some 17 kilos of cocaine in the fuel tank of a vehicle that was stopped in Atenas, said agents.

Agents said they think that the organization moved from 20 to 40 kilos of cocaine a week.

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