In two major Guanacaste drug sweeps, the Fuerza Pública and anti-drug police detained 14 persons they said were members of two gangs. The raids were in Nicoya and Santa Cruz.
The anti-drug police confiscated 2.2 million colons, 1,562 doses of crack cocaine, seven doses of ecstasy, 220 grams of cocaine and 191 doses of marijuana, they said.
Some 140 police officers participated in the raids. They were in Barrio Santo Cristo de Esquipulas and Barrio Chorotega, both Santa Cruz.
Investigators were closing in on the Santa Cruz band since the first of the year. They had picked up at least four associates in August. While doing so they learned of another group also involved in drug distribution, they said. That was the gang headquartered in Barrio San Martin in Nicoya. Four persons were detained there Thursday.