Early police inspections zero in on cheap housing

This is one of the hotels that was inspected. Photo: Ministero de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública

Police are making early morning calls on downtown hotels that may house drug vendors and illegal immigrants.

They did so Thursday, beginning at 4 a.m. Some 146 persons were checked, and one man was detained because he is the subject of a sexual abuse warrant. Three Colombians and a Guatemalan were found to be without a legal right to be in the country. They were turned over to the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería for deportation. Four Nicaraguans were also ordered to report to immigration officials to present their papers.

Police confiscated 52 doses of crack cocaine, too.

The hotels and lodgings involved are definitely not the Ritz. They are called cuarterías in Spanish and sometimes consist of a large house cut up into small rooms that rent at a low price. The buildings checked out Thursday are in San Jose’s downtown and in Barrio La Cruz of the capital.

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