319 kilos of Sinaloa drugs confiscated in Cartago raid

Kilos of cocaine are stacked against a trailer wall. Photo: Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública

Judicial agents confiscated 319 kilos of cocaine and detained three Mexican nationals Thursday. They said the drugs were property of the Sinaloa Cartel and that made strong inroads into Costa Rica.

Agents have been on the trail of cartel members since 2009 when a 2,000-kilo shipment of cocaine fell into their hands.

The key point this week was the arrival of a highly placed lieutenant in the Sinaloa cartel. He was detained in Alajuela and agents searched his hotel room in downtown San José. Two other persons were detained in El Tejar de Cartago near a private home where they lived.

In the same general area agents located a storage building and a truck trailer containing the drugs. They were ready to be transported and were to be hidden beneath produce, said agents.

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