Drug raid grabs 13 in what is seen as a wholesale network

Judicial Investigating Organization photo. This soda or small eating place was one of the locations raided Wednesday. It is in Sarapiquí.

Agents disrupted Wednesday morning what they say is one of the larger local drug trafficking networks in Costa Rica. They arrested more than a dozen suspects they characterized as its operators and leaders.

The criminal network operated and transported an estimated 10 to 15 kilograms of cocaine, crack and marijuana each week to areas around the country such as Siquirres, Sarapiquí, Guácima in Alajuela, Heredia and San José, said the Poder Judicial.

Agents with the Judicial Investigating Organization reported the criminal band transferred the bulk of the drugs out of Limón by car or bus to the other locations. When agents made simultaneous raids early Wednesday morning in Limón, Siquirres and Sarapiquí they seized four vehicles, cash, firearms, cell phones, crack and more than a kilogram of marijuana, agents said.

The counter-drug operation, called “four rings,” was a joint effort involving 14 prosecutors, 10 judges and 150 judicial agents. All 13 persons arrested were Costa Ricans, according to the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Among the arrested were supposedly the gang’s general leader and the leaders from the drug rings in Siquirres and Sarapiquí.

The Judicial Investigating Organization reports that the suspected drug dealers have been in operation for many years.

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