Cocaine storage operation busted up, agents report

Anti-drug agents said they wrapped up a drug smuggling organization Tuesday that had been in operation for five years.

In all, seven persons, five men and two women have been detained, they said.

The rids and arrests today stem from three seizures in May in which more than 1,000 kilos of cocaine were confiscated. Four person were detained in those encounters, said the `Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública

The basic role of the drug gang was to store the cocaine in the Guanacaste area until it could be shipped north. Eventually the drugs ended up in México.

Agents conducted six raids Tuesday in barrios Santa Cecilia, La Cruz, Barrio Los Ángeles and Capulin in Liberia. Three persons were detained in these raids, agents said.

The nature of the gang became clear after Dec. 20 when one person accused of being a member was detained with a small amount of cocaine in Guanacaste. He operated as a dealer in Nicoya area, but he also was linked to the larger organization, agents said.

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