Another officer involved in Puntarenas illegalities

Another police officer from the Puntarenas area has been detained on the allegation that he tampered with evidence during a big sweep.

The sweep was last Wednesday when the Judicial police and prosecutors detained 19 persons in the vicinity of Puntarenas Centro on allegations of robbery, threats, extortion and drug trafficking. The Poder Judicial said 12 of the suspects are current police officers and that three were former police officers. One person detained was a priest from a Puntarenas church.

The latest detainee was identified by the last names of Bogantes Cortés. He was attached to the El Roble police station. Prosecutors allege that he broke the seal on a confiscated car to remove evidence against one of a former officer.

The Poder Judicial said he was surprised in the act. Prosecutors were seeking preventative detention Tuesday afternoon in a court hearing. Most of the others detained have been jailed.

The Fuerza Pública moved 30 officers into the communities over the weekend to make up for the detained police officers.

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