Between the Carnival in Desamparados, the Tope Nacional in downtown San José and the festivities in Zapote, officials with the Fuerza Pública have had their hands full trying to keep the massive gathering safe. The police reported the success of their saturation patrols in terms of suspects detained, drugs apprehended and weapons seized.
For the Carnival in Desamparados Tuesday, marked by widespread public drinking and a street parade, officials claim to have detained 35 suspects. Five of them were for property crimes, one for a crime against persons, 17 for disorderly conduct in public and several others for drugs and weapons or explosives violations.
Along with the suspects came marijuana, cocaine and in one bust 40 pills of Lorazepam, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety but also recreationally and sometimes as a date-rape drug.
The Cruz Roja reports it helped to 30 people in need of medical attention at that same gathering but only one patient had to be transported to a hospital.
Of the more notable police activities in downtown San José during the Tope horse parade Monday, police claim to have stopped a man trying to steal a woman’s purse and apprehended another suspect wanted for domestic violence. Police also confiscated marijuana and 1,382,980 colons during the event, officials report.
So far in Zapote, police have apprehended 36 suspects for drug use, robbery and familial violence. Two of the men captured were wanted for previous counts of aggravated robbery, police said. They also have confiscated 31 doses of marijuana and two street weapons, according to reports.
Meanwhile, the Cruz Roja reported the number of violent deaths arrived at 76 Tuesday for the month of December. And an active search for three suspected drowning victims continued in the Pacific waters. Tuesday a 27-year-old man and a 13-year-old went missing in the water around noon in Mata Palo on the central Pacific coast when they were overtaken by the current. The organization reports that the search for a 25-year-old man who went missing earlier in La Cruz, Guanacaste, continues.
So far in December there have been eight water deaths, the Cruz Roja said.