Another family group held after anti-drug raids in San José

It may be free speech, but police probably felt good putting the handcuffs on the lad with the marijuana jacket. Photo: Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública

They say it pays to advertise, but there is value keeping the jacket bearing the drawing of a marijuana leaf in the closet when the police are coming. That was not to be Thursday as anti-drug agents descended on the 42nd family of the year that they considered to be in the illegal drug business.

Detained were five persons ranging from a grandmother to a grandson. The Policía de Control de Drogas said they were suppliers in the San Sebastián section of southern San José. Anti-drug officers conducted two raids on Avenida París of Barrio Umará there. A 15 year old detained in the raid was identified easily by his black jacket with the marijuana leaf in white on the back.

Police said they confiscated three doses of crack, 358 grams of cocaine, three marijuana plants, a revolver and cash. The family became the 100th group identified this year as a drug organization and the 42nd that was identified as a family enterprise.

Held was a woman, 50, with the last names of Chaves Montero, her son, 15, who has the last names of Muños Chaves, a 39-year-old son-in-law with the last names of Umaña Molina and his son and grandson of the 50-year-old woman with the last names of Umaña Bermúdez, police said. Also detained was a woman relative with the last names of Calderón Umaña.

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