A judge has remanded three officials of the Municipalidad de Golfito to prison for six months while allegations of bribery are investigated, said the Poder Judicial Monday.
The trio was detained over the weekend after a sting operation engineered by two North Americans who were seeking a concession from the municipality, the Poder Judicial said.
The officials were identified as the mayor, Deylon Gerardo Arroyo Blandón; the president of the municipal council, Rodolfo Delgado Jiménez, and other official, Alexis Rojas Rojas.
The suspects are being investigated for seeking $75,000 from the foreign couple in exchange for permission for a concession
on Playa Pavones, said the Poder Judicial.
The trio was arrested about 1:30 p.m. Ssaturday in a hotel near the Depósito Libre Comercial in Golfito where they wer in a meeting to accept payment from the couple, said the Poder Judicial.
Subsequent to the arrests, agents searched the municipal building.
The arrests followed a series of meetings between municipal officials and the couple. The couple contacted investigators when they thought that they were being solicited for a bribe. Marked bills were used in the exchange.
The municipality faces other unrelated investigations in the awarding of concessions.