Two men, one a U.S. citizen, held in downtown pot bust

Ministerio de Gobernación Policía y Seguridad Pública/Paul Gamboa Police place one suspect in a vehicle for transportation.

Police officers in San José detained a U.S. citizen and a Colombian Wednesday with suspected marijuana and more than one million colons. The arrest was near the Hotel Europa in the downtown.

The Fuerza Pública identified the U. S. citizen by the last name of Pontz and the Colombian by the last name of Osorio. Both are also nationalized Costa Ricans, according to police reports.

The men were apprehended with two bags of suspected marijuana and currency worth more than 1,600,000 colons composed of Costa Rican and foreign currencies such as dollars. The contraband was being held in a bag police said they suspect belonged to the Colombian.

The police report indicates that officials were alerted to the whereabouts of the two men and were able to find them shortly thereafter in the central district of San José. Police confiscated the money and the drugs when they apprehended the men.

Although police said that Pontz was a Costa Rican citizen, no person with that name showed up on the Web site of the Registro Civil. That would not be unusual because local police frequently are challenged by North American names.

The men were to be presented to prosecutors for interrogation and processing.

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