Home invasion and shooting leads to pot discovery

Some of the 293 plants in individual pots found by judicial agents after a home invasion call. Photo: Judicial Investigation Organization

Three men invaded the Heredia home of a Canadian and beat him up Thursday. But that was not the worst of it for the expat.

Neighbors called police, the assailants fled, but a subsequent search by Fuerza Pública officers and Judicial police uncovered an indoor marijuana plantation.

The occupant of the home, identified by the last name of Netzel by police, was hospitalized as a result of the beating he received. The Judicial Investigating Organization said he was 53.

A 21 year old, identified by the last names of Sanabria Méndez also was detained, said the Fuerza Pública.
Judicial police said that neighbors alerted them Thursday night after shots were fired and that a search uncovered 293 marijuana plants being raised with a hydroponic system under artificial light. A report said that the assailants may have invaded the home in order to collect a debt. The men fled leaving a vehicle behind, said police. The role of Sanabria was not clear, but the Fuerza Pública said they found a 9-mm. pistol at the scene registered to him. They also found shotgun shells. Sanabria also required medical attention, they said. Both men faced arrest after treatment.

The home is in an area called Tierra Blanca on the border of the Heredia cantons of San Pablo, San Isidro and San Rafael.

Police said they also found a small quantity of processed marijuana.

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