Policeman is honored for his sense of duty

A national ethics commission awarded a Fuerza Pública sergeant a prize Wednesday for rejecting a bribe and making key arrests. The policemen is Víctor Manuel Medina Medina, 62, who now serves as chief of the La Libertad police station in La Cruz, Guanacaste. He has been a policeman for 32 years.

Medina rejected a bribe attempt and detained two Mexicans Oct. 11, 2010. The men, linked to the small plane that crashed into the Río Torres in La Uruca, the day before, were trying to sneak out of the country. The plane contained 170 kilos of cocaine. The men are awaiting trial.

Medina also detained three men suspected of a murder in La Cruz and rejected a reward offered by the family of the victim, said police, The prize, the Premio Nacional Rogelio Fernández Güell came from the Comisión Nacional de Rescate de Valores.

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