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.