Agents said they broke up gang that terrorized Cartago town

Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública photo Some of the suspects are led to waiting police cars.

Law enforcement agents claim to have dismantled and apprehended Thursday a band of criminals who supposedly terrorized the community of Diques de Cartago with violence, drugs and rape.

Drug agents with the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública apprehended the two suspected leaders, brothers known as Los Chacales, along with 10 other suspects, 658 doses of crack, 147 pouches of marijuana and other illicit items. Many of the suspects detained have criminal records, according to police. Some are women.

One of the more grave accusations levied against the illicit narcotics ring is that its members threatened the fathers of underage girls with death and violence unless the fathers permitted the gang members to rape their daughters.

The ministry reports that the gang dominated over the zone with firearms and fear. The investigation started months ago and culminated with the large raid Thursday morning. One of the detained brothers was previously wanted for a homicide, agents said.

In a separate anti-drug action Thursday, police reported that a trucker was transporting 58 packages of cocaine when he was arrested Wednesday night. The man is a Guatemalan, and he had the drug hidden in the roof of his rig, they said.

The arrest was at the Peñas Blancas border crossing in northern Costa Rica

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