Hundreds of police sweep the country in weekend effort

Fuerza Pública officers conducted what they call a mega sweep over the weekend. The policing effort covered the entire country.

At 6 p.m. Friday police from Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago and San José began a sweep in the center of the capital. Police set up checkpoints on Avenida 2 and at Parque Morazán to verify identification and paperwork for motorists.

More than 400 officers were involved in San José and Puntarenas. Members of the Fuerza Pública reserve also were involved.

Similar sweeps took place in Guadalupe, Tibás, Pavas, Alajuelita, Desamparados, Zapote and Curridabat, said the Fuerza Pública. In all police showed up in 300 barrios, 122 parks, 120 bars and questioned more than 1,000 persons, said the Fuerza Pública. There were 18 different sweeps in the province of Limón.

In Escazú police said they and the local municipal police found a nightclub where minors were being served alcohol, including a 12 year old who was obviously drunk even though she was in the care of her mother.

Police said they confiscated 91 doses of crack in Puntarenas and questioned 296 persons.

Police in San José said there were drugs confiscated.

However there were no reports of arrests despite the police sweeps.

Crime still continued. In Calle Blancos north of San José in Goicoechea, two men were shot, one fatally, Saturday night. The shooting appeared to be a revenge slaying because the gunman ran after and killed one of his victims.

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