Here is a bittersweet Christmas tale that could have begun this way:
“Once upon a time in the far away land of Parrita two tiny trees wanted nothing more than to grow up and become symbols of Christmas.”
Alas, the Grinch in the persona of the Fuerza Pública arrived and squashed that dream, mostly because the little trees were marijuana plants. Even those who know how to keep Christmas are not supposed to have marijuana trees even in Esterillos Este de Parrita.
The Fuerza Pública said that the plants were the
property of a man with the last names of Alvarez Valverde.
He was in charge of watching over property there for an owner who frequently was away, they said.
Officers said that the property owner did not know about the Christmas marijuana trees because whenever he arrived the plants were hidden.
The Fuerza Pública said the property owner gave permission for a search.
Each plant was worth about 80,000 colons, said officers. That is about $160. But they were believed to be for post-Christmas personal use after they were decorated for the holidays.